Minnesota: A Cultural Portrait of the American Midwest
Many visitors to the United States venture to places on the East Coast or the West Coast. The middle of the country receives much less attention. I come from the middle of the country, a region called the Midwest. It is a broad area noted chiefly for its wide vistas, its agriculture, and its small towns. The Midwest includes my home state of Minnesota. European Immigrants began to arrive in Minnesota about 400 years ago and came in great numbers from 1820-1920. These immigrants shaped the environment that they encountered and left a legacy that abides to this day. I will discuss this legacy as well as other distinctive aspects of Minnesota's culture. In both history and sentiment, Minnesota firmly remains part of the United States and, thus, felt keenly the tragedy of the recent terrorist attacks. The ramifications of the attacks will become as much a part of life in Minnesota as in other parts of the country.
This month's guest is Mr. Tod Tollefson, the Coordinator of International Relations of the Ibaraki International Association. He likes to travel in many countries by bicycle, and to talk with local persons. In the Coffee Hour, he will introduce the culture of the American Midwest.
Come and join the crowd at the monthly Coffee Hour at the Tsukuba Information Center (3F) on Wed., Nov. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.
The International Women's Network (IWN) is a group of women who enjoy chatting with people from all over the world. We hold a monthly potluck dinner where we exchange information about the local community while eating a variety of foods. No reservation is needed to attend the potluck. Just bring one dish of food and show up at the meeting. Newcomers are always welcome! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy the international city of Tsukuba with us!
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