Last Thursday (February 23rd) I flew to New York City for the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers. Friday morning I went on one of the many field trips offered. It was a good opportunity to get out and see a part of the city I have never seen before. About 20 geographers met in Flushings at a new, large Chinatown. Unlike the one in lower Manhattan this one is made up primarily of Taiwanese Chinese with an adjacent Korean community. It is located close to the site of the New York World's Fair and its first Chinese residents were Taiwanese who came to man the Taiwan pavilion at the fair. Notice the violin shop above. The New York Philharmonic which was once a bastion of Jewish immigrants and their descendents is now about 1/3rd Chinese--evidence of the every changing ethnic make-up of America
We visited a large Mall that was all Chinese. The top of its four levels was a large dim sum restaurant and the lowest level was a large grocery store with all kinds of Asian products and ingredients.
The Statue of Liberty from the bridge.
A monument in Battery park to the many immigrants who came through New York
Previous research of mine has looked at the siting of churches and mosques as an indicator of Christian-Muslim relations. And so I spent part of the afternoon exploring Lower Manhattan looking for the much controversial "ground zero" mosque. I asked policemen and sanitation workers for directions, but with no luck. Finally a Turkish kebab seller sent me in the right direction. It is located on Park Street two blocks north of the World Trade Center site.
And a photo display (with an opening day reception) by a photographer who is attempting to take a photograph of a New York resident child from every country in the world. He is only lacking about 20 countries.
Most of the BYU geographers (with me as the organizer) met at Ground Zero for a 4:00 PM visit to the new memorial. It is an amazing, beautiful, tribute to all those who perished that day. On Monday night at the conference I went to hear Michael Arad speak. He is the designer of the memorial. He tells an amazing story of how he came up with the idea and then how he made the idea--with many changes to make everyone happy--a reality. It took years just to figure out the best way and best order to display all of the names.
Next week Sarah will sing in the chorus of the Springville Jr. High production of Oklahoma. I took this photo in the lobby of the theater where Oklahoma once played and where I watched Porgy and Bess on Saturday night. I have always liked musical theater. I think my first theater experience was going with my family to see a Logan High School production of Camelot when I was in elementary school. I also remember dad taking us on annual trips to the Valley Music Hall in Bountiful to see professional productions. Later in life when ever dad came to medical meetings in Chicago we would plan to go to at least one show. My first participation in a show was playing the cornet in the band for our Jr. High Musical--I can't remember its name, but the band was part of the show and I even had a spoken line. Then in high school I was in Fiddler on the Roof (I was one of only two sophomores in the play--they needed someone short to play the two boys who get "matched" with Tevye's two youngest daughters), Brigadoon and No No Nannette.
Grand Central Station