OPEN DAILY 10 A.M. – 6 P.M. • Tickets for October 2023 are now available! Click here to learn more.

Becoming American: Immigration and Popular Culture

Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.
DVD Cover for The Search for General Tso|Women wearing picket signs - vintage photo|Becoming American Film Series Logo|Destination America DVD Cover|DVD Cover for The New Americans|Image of a Chinese Woman in a restaurant with a menu|Image of two Asian men in a kitchen|Isreal and Ngozi Nwidor with their son Karm in Kartemquin Films' The New Americans.|DVD Cover for The Jewish Americans|Photo of a Dominican family with three daughters|DVD Cover for The Power and The People|Image of women sewing|Muslim woman with American flag|DVD Cover for Welcome to Shelbyville

Date: May 1, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

“Immigration and Popular Culture” looks at the ways the media and popular culture have historically taught newcomers how to “be American,” and how the rich contributions of different immigrant groups have transformed American culture and art.

The selected film for May 1 is The Search for General Tso. You can download the program six handout here: Immigration and Popular Culture (PDF)

This program is free and open to the public. To register, click here , email or call 978-306-7001.


Click here for the complete film series schedule.

About this program:  The House of the Seven Gables has been selected as one of 32 sites around the country for this unique series. Each event will consist of a documentary film screening and scholar-led discussion with Professor Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello from Salem State University’s American Studies Department. For full details about each event, please visit Each event runs from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series on Our Immigration Experience is a six-week public program featuring documentary film screenings and moderated discussions designed to encourage an informed discussion of immigration issues against the backdrop of our immigration history.

Becoming American is a project of City Lore in collaboration with the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and the International Coalition of the Sites of Conscience.  The project has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. Community partners include Salem State University and the North Shore CDC.