TAI Projects in Northern Indiana
Northern Indiana is also home to one of the country's largest Mennonite and Amish communities. Elkhart is headquarters for many Mennonite national organizations. On any given Sunday morning, one can visit a Mennonite church and hear the congregation burst into four-part harmony a cappella singing.
The Latino community in Indiana has grown tremendously during the past twenty years. Industry, relatives, and a supportive social infrastructure are encouraging Latino migration. Latino-owned restaurants, grocery stores, auto repair shops, and car dealerships are cropping up all over Elkhart County. On a Saturday night, it's not unusual to see a young Amish family, a Latino family, and local Anglo high school kids eating at the Goshen Burger King. In the more established Latino community in the Calumet Region, fourth or fifth generation Latinos are documenting and promoting their own history and cultural traditions. The Seņoras of Yesteryear, for example, have compiled a community history book. Others are leading youth Mexican dance and mariachi bands.
Fort Wayne's ethnically diverse
communities have been growing rapidly over the past decade. According to
the 2000 census, the Asian/Pacific Islander population in Allen County has
grown 74% and those of Hispanic/Latino descent, 138%. More Burmese live in
Fort Wayne than anywhere else outside of Burma itself. They came to escape
human rights abuses, and they brought their arts with them. Members of the
country's only Burmese orchestra reside in Fort Wayne. Macedonians are
among Ft. Wayne's larger old ethnic communities. Some 2000 Macedonians
live in Fort Wayne, which is the national headquarters of the Macedonian
Patriotic Organization and home of the Macedonian Tribune.
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