Office of Undergraduate Research

Interpreting Immigrant Cultural Landscapes

This project examines the physical and social worlds of South Asian immigrants in Chicago. In order to understand these worlds, we are conducting interviews with immigrants and their first generation children. We are also documenting places that are important to the immigrant community. Such places include stores, homes, public spaces, religious institutions, and cultural venues. The project focuses on an ethnic retail street called Devon Avenue, located on the Northern edge of Chicago. We are documenting immigrant businesses and public spaces along this street. We are mapping, measuring and drawing stores, places of worship, schools and other public spaces. We are also interviewing storeowners and shoppers. We are particularly interested in interviewing members of the South Asian (India, Bangladesh, Pakistan), Jewish, Croatian, Mexican, and Central American immigrant communities.

Tasks and responsibilities:

1. Use InDesign and Photoshop to layout and produce project brochures 2. Conduct and/or transcribe interviews. 3. Do library research on targeted literature survey. 4. Sort, evaluate and produce maps and graphs out of census and other forms of demographic data. 5. Travel to Chicago to conduct primary research. 6. Measure, draw, and document selected buildings.