Philadelphia has a rich immigrant past. Based on the increasing numbers of immigrants arriving in Philadelphia, the City will also have a rich immigrant future. Philly's immigrant communities not only add a cultural richness to the City, they also contribute considerably to the City’s economy.
Immigrants and their communities are now experiencing a challenging time throughout the country. Misunderstanding of immigrants is rampant. Greater education and awareness of immigrant communities is now necessary, nationally as well as here in Philadelphia. People need to recognize the value of immigrants, as people, as neighbors, and as economic drivers.
The Cultural Fabric of Philadelphia Volume I photo book project was designed to highlight the cultural story of immigrants from these six communities; Chinese, Dominican, German, Indonesian, Liberian and Vietnamese. The goal for this was to increase the awareness and understanding of these immigrant communities, to show who these communities are and what they bring to the City of Philadelphia.