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  • Foreign Festival Customs & Dishes – by Marian Schibsby & Hanny Cohrsen (1974)
    Christmas in America – A history of Old World Christmas and some New Years customs, foreign Easter customs, Thanksgiving in many lands, foreign Christmas dishes, and other foreign holiday dishes. (76 pages)
  • Asian Business Owners from South Grand Boulevard’s International District St. Louis, MO – by Pamela A. De Voe, Ph.D. (1997)
    This report is the result of a needs assessment survey carried out with the Asian business people in the Greater South Grand area. The study was sponsored by the International Institute of Metropolitan St. Louis with funding from the St. Louis Community Foundation. It centers on the Asian business owners’ perceptions, concerns and suggestions involving crime and safety issues affecting them and their businesses. Twenty-one Asian businesses participated in this study, as well as nineteen Asian community leaders and representatives of the larger non-Asian American community. (37 pages)
  • The International Institute Movement and Ethnic Pluralism – by Raymond A. Mohl (Reprinted from Social Science, 56:1 (Winter, 1981))
    “The traditional American response to immigrants has emphasized Americanization or assimilation. The doctrine of cultural pluralism made few converts unitl quite recently. The International Institutes, a unique group of 55 immigrant social service agencies in American industrial cities, were among the early advocates of cultural pluralism. Unlike most agencies working with immigrants, the International Institutes accepted ethnic diversity and encouraged maintenance of immigrant languages, traditions, and folk cultures.” (9 pages)
  • The International Institutes: A National Movement of Resettlement and Inclusion – Excerpted from “Out of Many, One – A History of the Immigration and Refugee Services of America Network,” 1998, IRSA, by Margi Dunlap and Nicholas Montalto. (Note that IRSA changed its name to US Committee for Refugees & Immigrants-USCRI in 2004.) Post-1998 information is adapted from USCRI publications and other materials. (16 pages)
  • International Institute of St. Louis: Our Story – A brief history of the International Institute of St. Louis (9 pages)
  • Immigration Definitions and Categories of Foreign-Born in US
  • HIRE – St. Louis – (April 2011) Human resources toolkit for workplaces with immigrants.  Includes: responsibilities of employers, rights of employees, and non-profit resources for employers and employees. (16 pages)
  • The Economic Impact of Immigration on St. Louis– by Jack Strauss, Simon Chair of Economics, Director of the Simon Center for Regional Forecasting, Saint Louis University (June 2012) (59 pages)
  • Operational Guidance to Resettlement Agencies – The US Department of State issued guidelines regarding housing in April of 2001. This “Operational Guidance to Resettlement Agencies” describes the minimum standards for Reception and Placement services which is expected to be provided by voluntary agencies under their Cooperative Agreement with the Department of State. However, the guidance recognizes that “compliance with some aspects of this guidance may not always be possible.” Agencies are expected to use their “best efforts” to meet the standards, and to document occasions when full compliance is not possible.