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Papanikolas poses a question of identity that could equally be asked of many other European immigrant groups that came to the shores of the US in the great wave of immigration between 1880 and 1920. Cultural identity owes to the folk traditions inherited from the homelands and what is retained, discarded, or adapted after several generations. The author's experience spans the folk process from immigration to Americanization. Born in 1917, she nostalgically recalls her immersion in Greek-American folk culture. Papanikolas, known more for her creative writing than folk cultural research, produces an uneven survey of many traditions in Greek-American culture with regrets of the loss of identity that results from intermarriage, monolingualism, and assimilation. She concludes with some hope from ethnic revivals and a plea for cultural conservation. While not a systematic scholarly work, the book offers valuable documentation of Greek-American traditions and compelling writing. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General and undergraduate libraries. S. J. Bronner Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg Campus
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