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The Social-Cultural Identity of Greek- Americans

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  1. Introduction
  2. Maintaining the sociocultural identity
  3. Greek-ness in America
  4. Diminishing socio-cultural identity?
  5. Greek-American Language
  6. Conclusion

According to some, Astoria is the largest ?city? of the Greek outside the Athens-Greece. The New York's Queens Neighborhoods of Astoria, New York conjure up the image of a Greek immigrant community that has lived in it for over forty years (Hantzopoulos, 2005). For the Greeks and their diaspora outside of New York, it is a home outside of the homeland, where Greek banks, political societies, newspapers, and Hellenic folk and dance are heavily represented (Halsall, n.d). The cafes and bouzouki-glaring nightclubs that are named just like the neighborhoods in Athens and the tasty Greek cuisine are the other evidences of Greek influence in Astoria (Hantzopoulos, 2005). This research tries to reveal the social-cultural identity of the Greek American. It will further describe the metamorphosis of the Greek American from the time of their first immigration into the United States and the efforts to retain and preserve the Greek culture in America. Also in discussion is the significance of the Greek language and language identity in a multi-culture country like the US. A special focus has been given to Astoria because of its great significance to the Greeks living in America.

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