Around the World in Milwaukee

Around the World in Milwaukee

October 26, 2015 Uncategorized 0

Featured students from Left to Right: Meghan, Marychel, Aaron, Anshul

“The more you know about another person’s story, the less possible it is to see that person as your enemy.”

Parker J. Palmer 

GYLI partnered with the Nicholas Sparks foundation to gather high school students in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area of different cultural backgrounds for a day of cultural exploration and storytelling. The day was filmed and will be made into a documentary highlighting ways youth are preserving their cultures within small U.S. cities. The intention is use this film in classrooms throughout the U.S. – helping students to gain an understanding of someone else’s cultural story upbringing in the U.S. that is different than their own.

Participants and Locations:
Filmmaker: Ian–12th Grade and Pius XI High School
Hindu Temple of Milwaukee: Anshul–9th Grade Brookfield East High School
Milwaukee Asian(Hmong) Market: Aaron–9th Grade at Hmong Peace Academy
Glencastle Irish Dance Studio: Meghan–12th Grade at Brookfield East High School
Islamic Society of Milwaukee: Leila–12th Grade and Salam School
Mexican Street Festival: Marychel–Freshman at Marquette University

World Premiere:

Wednesday December 2 at 6:00PM at Pius XI High School

135 N. 76th Street Milwaukee

The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the students.


Aaron playing the Qeej (Hmong Reed Pipe Instrument)


From Left to Right Marychel and Leila holding cultural pieces at a Mexican Street Festival


Describing cultural identity and growing up in Milwaukee from Left to Right: Marychel, Meghan, Leila, Aaron, Anshul

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