Reviews and Blog Posts: Plaza

Plaza Voices: 100 Questions

Cover of Learn About the United States, an audiobook available through DPL

You might have seen it on Facebook, say, or Buzzfeed: "Would you be able to pass the citizenship test? Find out now!" Well, you CAN find out, and from a very reputable source: the United States Citizenship and Information Services (USCIS) website now features its own online self-test! Unlike some of the other online quizzes out there, USCIS gives instant feedback--if you miss a question, you get a big red X and a heads-up on the right answer.

Plaza Voices: Resource Guide for New Immigrants

Cover of DPL's updated Resource Guide for New Immigrants

For new immigrants, refugees, or asylees: the Denver Public Library has compiled a list of reliable resources in this guide to assist with your adjustment to life in Colorado. You may find it helpful to read this guidebook in its entirety or find that only certain sections pertain to your needs. You can also access it from our website (just click on the PDF link for a printable, updated guide).

Plaza Voices: Noodling Around

Picante Beef Flavor Top Ramen

When you think of "fusion cuisine," Top Ramen may not be what comes to mind. But a recent blog post by National Public Radio's Linda Poon has opened my eyes. Ramen, as one of her sources notes, is a platform food--just about anything can be built upon it.

Plaza Voices: "All Immigrants are Artists"

Cover of De Kooning: An American Master, by Mark Stevens and Annalynn Swann

I started thinking recently about how many famous and influential artists came to the U.S. from other countries. Willem de Kooning, that giant of American abstract expressionism, emigrated from the Netherlands in 1926--as a stowaway aboard a British freighter. Pop artist David Hockney's sun-soaked images of California are perhaps all the more notable because he himself is English, though he lived here for years.

Plaza Voices: A World of Difference

This map shows the size of Taiwan in relation to Denver, CO, USA

Reading the news, it can be difficult to understand the context of current events. A plane crash in Taiwan, the conflict in Gaza, kidnappings in Nigeria... what would it look like if those things happened here? How do our lives differ from those of people in far-away countries? And what would it be like to leave everything we know behind, and move halfway around the world? If you've ever asked such questions, these resources are for you.

Plaza Voices: The Pride of America

Liz Balmaseda, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist and U.S. Citizen from Cuba

Each year on July 4th, the Carnegie Corporation of New York celebrates by honoring a group of distinguished American citizens, taking out a full page add in the New York Times. The people featured are writers, chemists, architects, entrepreneurs, chess masters, actors, astronauts and cellists. They are athletes, politicians, doctors, and engineers. What do all these people have in common, aside from their impressive accomplishments and their status as U.S. citizens?

Plaza Voices: Driver's License and ID Updates

Image of a car

Senate Bill 13-251, The Colorado Road and Community Safety Act, authorizes the issuance of a Colorado driver’s license, instruction permit, or identification card to those individuals who either cannot demonstrate lawful presence in the U.S. or can only demonstrate temporary lawful presence in the U.S., beginning August 1, 2014.

Plaza Voices: World Cup

Carlos celebrates Brazil's score with his friends.

Every four years, billions of people tune in to watch countries from around the globe compete in the World Cup, one of the largest international tournaments outside of the Olympics. Much like the Olympics, this is an opportunity for national pride to swell as you root for your home country. Whether you are a soccer (or dare I say, football?) aficionado, or just recently realized that the U.S. even had a team, it is a chance for strangers to band to together and even learn more about our neighbors from other nations. 

Plaza Voices: Refugees of Shangri-la

Bhutanese refugees in the Beldangi camp, Nepal

In April 2014, Smithsonian Magazine featured an article about a group of people you might not know much about: refugees from Bhutan.

Plaza Voices: Mulberry Child

Jian Ping (left) and her daughter Lisa Xia (right).

In 2008, Jian Ping had the opportunity to return to China for the Olympic Games and brought her adult daughter Lisa with her. After years of tension stemming from their different cultural values and expectations, Jian was hoping this trip would help her reconnect with Lisa in a new way. While revisiting her mother’s painful past, Lisa realized how much sadness and trauma her family had experienced, and just how much it influenced her mother and her decision to immigrate.

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