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    "Qué Pasa" Festival

    by b1bob Updated Oct 1, 2011

    The "Qué Pasa" festival celebrates Latin-American heritage and is put on every year at the Virginia Science museum. This festival gives a chance for non-Hispanics to experience the Latino culture and to be a part of this dynamic community. At the same time, it gives the Latino community an opportunity for them to share their culture with the whole Richmond area. The culture is put on display by food, vendors, and native dance. I had the best Cuban pork dish this side of Miami from one of the vendors here. Sadly, 2011 is the first time I heard of it. Loving the Latin-American culture as much as I do, I would have come here years ago.

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    Immigration and the South

    by matcrazy1 Updated Dec 1, 2004

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    In Richmond area I saw various, often unknown for me flags put by homes of the natives. These flags showed usually the roots or maybe just sympathy of the natives. This one on my picture is the Scottish Rampant Lion flag. It's the Royal Flag of Scotland now only used by the monarch.

    Well, in contrast to the West I didn't find any flag of Poland in the South. When I looked in southern phone books, l saw that almost all the names were Anglo-Irish, which was very different from the West (and North as well, I am sure), where they were Spanish (Latino), Polish, Czech, German, Italian, Swedish, Greek, Armenian, Lithuanian etc. Only a few European nationalities were rarely found, like Dutch or French.

    It seems that the West (and the North) is the land of immigration, the south traditionally is not. My question is why?

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