It’s that time of year again–happy 4th of July!! While thinking about this year’s celebrations, I came across this great Washington Times article about the influence immigrants have had on the US. For example, certainly the hamburger has become an iconic American dish, and will no doubt be served at cookouts across the country, but as the author of the article points out even this well-known dish has its origins in Russian and German food culture.
It’s interesting to think about all of the cultures that have contributed to the US throughout its history. As a first generation immigrant, I’ve seen this blending first-hand, perhaps most notably on one of the most uniquely “American” holidays, the 4th of July. I’ve been to barbecues with Brazilian friends where the meats and salads prepared for our country’s big day were rooted more in Brazilian tradition than in American. At my house, the 4th of July is celebrated with an assortment of Russian cold cuts and pickled vegetables. On the face of it, this might seem non-traditional, but thinking about the ever-mixing cultures of the US, these multi-ethnic feasts always remind me of the promise and history of living in a melting pot.
Our card for the occasion celebrates this idea too–Uncle Sam, fireworks, and grilling go hand-in-hand with immigrant culture!
Happy 4th of July!!!!