Growing Up Greek in America: Five Vignettes Reflecting on an Immigrant Family's Assimilation and Acculturation into Boston Culture in the late 1940s

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Organizational Unit

University College, Arts and Culture Management


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Jennifer Itell


1940s, Acculturation, Assimilation, Boston, Greek-Americans, Greeks, Immigrants, Integration, Vignettes


Five vignettes and a reflective essay comprise this creative capstone. The vignettes explore the relationship of a young American girl to her Greek heritage during three transition years after World War II. They illustrate the acculturating effects of the war and show the cultural conflicts of one Greek-American family's assimilation into Bostonian culture. Each vignette presents a mixture of old world traditions and modern American values. The reflective essay provides historical background for the vignettes and reflects on the learning process that culminated in the capstone project. The goal of this project is to add to the growing collection of ethnic stories that make up the American experience.

Publication Statement

Copyright is held by the author. Permanently suppressed.

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