Opening the door for new generations of immigrant journalists
Immigrants are a major force in New York’s economy. Meet some of the business owners and workers that contribute to the city’s economic vitality.
A Polish immigrant was the victim of the only homicide reported on September 11, 2001. Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska produced a radio story about Henryk Siwiak for our partner, WNYC Radio.
In this episode of the Feet in Two Worlds podcast three immigrant journalists from New York discuss the changes they have witnessed over the past decade since the 9/11 attacks, including the impact of new security laws and policies, the stalemate over immigration reform and the stagnant economy.
In the second article in FI2W’s series on New York’s ethnic newspapers, the editor of Nowy Dziennik talks about the challenges facing the Polish-language daily as it marks its 40th year of publication.
Listen to Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska’s appearance on Connecticut public radio station WNPR.
Fi2W Reporter Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska was a guest on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show today. She talked about what changes in NYC’s Polish community the 2010 Census will reveal.
A New Generation of Polish-Americans, a story by Feet in 2 Worlds and Polish Daily News reporter Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska, is the main feature on this week’s NPR show Latino USA (find your NPR station here).
From the Latino USA website:
The history of Poland hasn’t always been pretty.
While historians would say the country was born in 966 when its ruler became Christianized, it’s territorial boundaries haven’t been well-defined throughout the ages. In fact, from 1795 to 1918, Poland didn’t exist as a nation and the territory was divided among the kingdoms of Prussia, Austria, and Russia.
Constantly invaded, partitioned, borders redrawn, and territory occupied, the Poles themselves led a workers’ revolution in the 1980s that threw off the shackles of Soviet-led communism and inspired the world with the word: “Solidarity.”
Throughout most of the 20th Century, however, many Poles yearned for the freedom and security of America. But for the younger generation who grew up after the fall of Communism, those yearnings of their parents and grandparents just aren’t resonating.
You can listen to the story below:[audio:http://latinousa.kut.org/wp-content/lusaaudio/838_seg01.mp3]
Or you can listen to the story while watching a photo slideshow at the Latino USA website.
You can read more of Ewa’s Feet In 2 Worlds pieces on Polish-Americans here.
Poles going back to Poland, a trend that was first noticed two years ago, may be getting a boost from the economic crisis in the U.S. Speaking recently on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show, FI2W journalist Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska talked about the growing number of Poles who are returning to their home country for economic reasons.
A variety of factors have encouraged reverse migration, chief among them is Poland’s admission into the European Union four years ago. EU membership has opened up work opportunities for Polish citizens in a number of European countries. Ewa, who reports for Nowy Dziennik/The Polish Daily News, also noted that some younger Poles have moved to Poland in the belief that their American education gives them a competitive advantage in Poland’s economy. But she also said that like the U.S., Poland is experiencing an economic slowdown, so the benefits of moving to the Eastern European country may not be as great today as they have been in recent years.
Press play below to listen to Ewa on WNYC or click here to visit the show’s page.[audio:http://audio.wnyc.org/bl/bl112608epod.mp3]
Ewa was recently honored by New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. at a Polish-American Heritage Celebration. Thompson hailed Ewa’s “truly impressive record of achievement that augurs a great body of work still to come.”