Archive for May, 2013

Cross-cultural Communication through the Meet Us Program

Cross-cultural Communication through the Meet Us Program

Before starting my internship at the U.S. Mission to Belgium, I had never heard of the Meet US Program, nor did I have any idea of what it was. Now, nearing the end of my internship, I realize that the Meet US Program is a great aspect of our youth [...]

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Memorial Day: Reflection and Celebration

Memorial Day: Reflection and Celebration

Of the two official United States holidays recogniz­ing the commitment of members of America’s military services, Memorial Day honors those who lost their lives while defending their country. The holiday is observed on the last Monday of May, as weather is turn­ing warm and most schools and universities are adjourning [...]

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Road Trip USA

Road Trip USA

The lure of the open road is a favorite theme in U.S. popular culture. Immortalized in literature, music and film, the so-called Great American Road Trip is a rite of passage for youth seeking adventure and is also a popular vacation choice for families. Traversing the United States by car [...]

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Ambassador Gutman Celebrates the End of his Partnership Tour in Belgium

Ambassador Gutman Celebrates the End of his Partnership Tour in Belgium

On Sunday, May 5, 2013,  U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman completed his Partnership tour of all 589 cities in Belgium by visiting the commune of Voeren. On the same day, Ambassador Gutman also welcomed the governors and mayors of Belgium to his residence for a reception to celebrate Ambassador [...]

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The Changing Face of America’s Chinatowns

The Changing Face of America’s Chinatowns

Most major American cities have a “Chinatown,” easily identified by Chinese-language shop and street signs, Chinese restaurants and merchants selling Chinese goods. The neighborhoods have long histories and are popular tourist destinations, but like many sections of urban America, they face the challenge of development and rising property costs as [...]

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Cinco de Mayo Shows the Americanization of a Mexican Holiday

Cinco de Mayo Shows the Americanization of a Mexican Holiday

Celebration of Mexican heritage is widely observed in United States When the Cinco de Mayo (“fifth of May”) holiday is observed in the United States, the annual festivity honors the Mexican heritage of a growing number of U.S. citizens, with a focus on Mexico’s distinctive cuisine, folk dances, colorful costumes [...]

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