Nina Rocket

v i s u a l i z i n g   i m m i g r a n t   P h o e n i x


I am a student at ASU majoring in Psychology with a minor in Sociocultural Anthropology. I have always had an appreciation for the cultural kaleidoscope that exists in the United States. As a mother and PTO President of a Phoenix high school, I find it very important that current and future generations learn about the positive impact that immigrants have in our communities. We are fortunate to live in a diverse city enriched by a variety of cultures. What I love about this project is the opportunity to get to know individuals on a personal basis and share their stories; reminding us that culture does not exist as a stand-alone abstract concept, but is realized because of the people who pass it down through generations and share with their communities.

Mr. Sweets: A Lebanese Bakery in Phoenix

Kunafa cheese pastry sweetened with honey and rosewater syrup, baklava with ashta and pistachio—these delectable Lebanese pastries can be found at Mr. Sweets bakery in north Phoenix. The Shatila family was displaced to the US from their homeland during the Lebanese Civil War. Michael Shatila enriches our local palate with global culture and cuisine.

From Kenya with Love:

Ceiphers Brings Fashion and Philanthropy to Phoenix

Kenya-born entrepreneur Ceiphers Olweya brings “African Inspired, American Made” fashion to Phoenix. The dazzling patterns of East African Kitenge fabric brings pizzaz to everyday clothing, and Ceiphers’ philanthropy reaches causes in both his global homeland and our local community.

Global Religions: A Sikh Temple in Glendale

The architectural wonder you've seen from the 101 at 51st Ave is a Sikh Temple, one of the many local outcropping of global religions practiced in metro Phoenix. Learn about the temple, the Sikh religion, and some of the migrant community, mostly from India, who worship there.