Hello World!

August 25, 2006


This blog is a project of the Race, Ethnicity & Immigration in the U.S. course at Queens College’s Urban Studies Program. The web site’s purpose is to research and focus attention on Queens county; and hopefully to serve as a resource for other investigators.

Among New York City’s five boroughs, Queens, with more than 2.2 million people, is the second most populous, following Brooklyn.  It’s also the most ethnically diverse county in the United States, with an estimated 44 percent of its inhabitants born in other nations.  This web site — a project of the Race, Ethnicity and Immigration in the U.S. class at Queens College — strives to give voice and body to the diverse racial, ethnic and religious populations living here. Queens, with its vibrant presence of first, 1.5, second, third and fourth-generation immigrants, offers a rich pool of resources; but, of course, anyone who was born in, lives in or cares about Queens is a welcome, invaluable part of this endeavor. 

Urban Studies at Queens College is a multi-disciplinary program that applies social scientific and journalistic practices to develop an understanding of metropolitan areas, and the issues and challenges they face. It studies urban problems; community organization(s) and development; administration and public policy to work on matters facing modern urban societies.  The program offers a useful background for students interested in working in city or state government, planning, community organization, law, journalism, or related fields.

This course specifically considers the social phenomena of race, ethnicity, and immigration, all central themes in the history of the U.S., from its colonial era founding with European immigrants and involuntary African slaves, up to the present day.  It seeks to introduce students to how race, ethnicity, and citizenship is constructed in the U.S., historically and today.  Writing is an important part of this class, as reflected in this blog. 

Founded in 1937, Queens College is one of eleven, senior (four-year) colleges in the City of New York (CUNY), the nation’s largest urban public university system.  It rests on 77, tree-filled acres in a mostly residential section of Flushing in northcentral Queens, just off the Long Island Expressway.

Stay tuned as this blog grows with the start of the official school year on August 31, 2006!