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Breaking Stereotypes: USA – New York

The third “Breaking Stereotypes” meeting was held on July 2nd at 19:00 at Al Forno Trattoria. This time we left the old continent and traversing the Atlantic we moved to the United States. It is said that it is a country of diversity and many opportunities, a place where everyone follows the American dream. Where does this superstition come from? What does daily life look like for Americans? Why is it said that the U.S. is a country of immigrants, and whether it really is? How can we travel there?

The lifestyle of Americans, especially of New Yorkers was explained to us by our guest Barbara Dworak. Basia went to New York immediately after graduating from the University in Krakow. She had initially planned to stay there for a year to earn some money, to do some sightseeing, but she came back to Poland after ten years with her husband, three children and an American passport. In the U.S. she worked for both the Americans and various migrant groups, so she learned how citizens and newcomers perceive the United States. During the evening, she told us how it feels to be European in another continent and she tried to explain the phenomenon that is the United States.

We thank the Town Hall of Buffalo (twin city of Rzeszów) for the materials that we received from them as well as from the U.S. Consulate General in Kraków. Our guests got to know a few interesting facts about that country. The initiative was held under the patronage of the Promar International Language School.