Immigrant Tales

At Convention, Malloy Invokes New Haven

by Lucy Gellman | Jul 25, 2016 8:11 pm | Comments (3)

Lucy Gellman Photo Philadelphia—New Haven’s embrace of refugees provided a case point for Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy when he got his moment in the spotlight at the Democratic National Convention Monday night. While addressing Democrats gathered for their presidential nominating convention at the city’s Wells Fargo Center, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy invoked Connecticut — and then New Haven specifically — while making a pitch to delegates on both sides of the democratic aisle: It was necessary to vote for Hillary Clinton and present a unified front because Mike Pence, governor of Indiana and Donald Trump’s vice presidential hopeful, would be scarier in the White House than Donald Trump himself. 

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On Orange Street, A Taste Of Home

by Jake Brussel Faria | Jun 30, 2016 8:16 am | Comments (1)

Jake Brussel-Faria Photo When she moved to New Haven in late 1978, Yoon-ock Kim — then fully intending on returning to Korea — missed the tastes of home.

There was the salt and spice of certain dishes she couldn’t find in New Haven, not quite the culinary mix of flavors and cultures it is today. Familiar ingredients were missing from Italian markets that dotted Orange Street. So when she found a small Asian grocer in East Rock with the things she wanted to eat, she and the owner became fast friends.

When that owner decided to leave seven years later, Kim acted on an instinct: Taking over the business seemed like the right thing to do.

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Naturalization, With An Artistic Twist

by Lucy Gellman | Jun 24, 2016 12:32 pm | Comments (2)

Lucy Gellman Photo On Friday just before noon, longtime New Havener Allison Parkes scored the hottest ticket at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas: A first-ever naturalization ceremony on the sun-soaked New Haven Green, where she and 25 other immigrants, representing 19 countries, became U.S. citizens.

For the now-naturalized citizen from Jamaica, a mother of two who takes care of her mother and works in food service at Yale-New Haven Hospital, that’s reason to celebrate. It’s been a year of submitting and resubmitting grueling paperwork after having lived in the city for years, she said, and she’s happy to have it behind her. 

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