Inspiration, Resources

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

Created by documentary artists Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloan, Crossing the BLVD forms a portrait of a paradoxical and ever-shifting America. It intimately portrays the lives of new immigrants and refugees living in Queens, NY, a modern-day Ellis Island where cultures overlap in a choreography of chaotic co-existence. (9 min vimeo; ASU library has the fabulous book!)

Nowhere in the world has as many languages as Queens, NY. Cool mapping of them!

CHECK THIS OUT! Cities in the Midwest see immigrants as engines of urban and regional development! What can AZ learn from this???


"The Welcoming Economies (WE) Global Network is a regional Network of immigrant economic development organizations working in cities and regions across the Midwest. The Network is designed to strengthen the work, maximize the impact, and sustain the efforts of individual local initiatives across the region that welcome, retain, and empower immigrant communities as valued contributors to local economies."

The American Anthropological Association has developed a national public education initiative aiming to change the public conversation about an important, yet difficult topic – migration and displacement. Includes films, articles, news.

i am a migrant lets migrants tell and upload their own stories.  This great site from the IOM (International Organization for Migration) aims to show: Migration has a human face. Migration is diverse. It's AMAZING!

Anthropologists curate photographic representations of transnational lives of youth depicted as vulnerable victim, delinquent, violent threat, impoverished dependent etc, to draw attention to the consequential circulation of such images, and to identify active counter-points that portray youth as complex, agentive, skilled, creative, relational actors.  Deep and cool site! (see Dr K's blog piece on "Visualizing Immigrant Youth in Phoenix" (July 2017).

"Frederick Wiseman's 40th documentary IN JACKSON HEIGHTS is about the racially and ethnically diverse neighborhood of Jackson Heights in Queens, New York. The subject of the film is the daily life of the people in this community--their businesses, community centers, religions, and political, cultural and social lives--and the conflict between maintaining ties to traditions of the countries of origin and the need to learn and adapt to American ways and values." (2:30 min trailer; ASU library has the dvd)

The Migrant Kitchen

explores Los Angeles’ booming food scene through the eyes of a new generation of chefs whose cuisine is inspired by the immigrant experience. Visit the kitchens of those who have transformed the culinary landscape of the city.Terrific!

Yes, this is an ad for Jarritos soft drinks, but it's also an incredibly beautiful and evocative short film on immigration to the US, made by Mexican/Hollywood actor/director Diego Luna. 1:46 minutes packs a punch!


Anand Pandian 2017

CFP for Displacements, A virtual conference for the SCA & SVA, April 19-21, 2018

Short, powerful story of Syrian refugees in Tennessee

Great examples of short photo essays. "Urban Vignettes is a collaborative visual-based blog capturing the different ways people experience, negotiate and engage with city life as the world undergoes the largest wave of urban growth in history. Through photos, illustrations, visuals and words, contributors are invited to showcase across the globe what it means to live and make sense of the cities they call home." (Includes three by dr k, including Cruzando Phoenix)

Photo essays call, from the Society for Visual Anthropology, includes links to some inspiring photo essays, including some about immigrants.

South Indian Comfort Food with Swagath Gourmet

A South Indian restaurant run by the Iyengar family in Edison, New Jersey. ViceVideo