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Tunisian American

 

Tunisian American

Tunisian Americans
George Allen
Total population
4,735
0.0016% of the US population (2000)[1]
Regions with significant populations
West Coast, Northeast, Southeast
Languages
American English, Tunisian Arabic, French language, Berber languages
Religion
Islam, Judaism, Non-religious, Christianity

Tunisian Americans are Americans of Tunisian descent. Tunisia–United States relations date back more than 200 years.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Creation of a Tunisian-American community 2
  • The Tunisian Americans entities 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

History

Prior to the arrival of Peace Corps and Amideast volunteers in the early 60's and 70's, there was little interest on the part of Tunisians to emigrate to the US. In 1981, the U.S. launched its Technology Transfer Program in Tunisia with the goal of increasing Tunisia's long-term capacity to apply new technologies in support of the development of a market economy. The Technology Transfer Program aimed to accomplish this by developing a substantial cadre of individuals with the skills and attitudes needed to develop and sustain a competitive, open market system. USAID/Tunis to date has obligated $45 million under the Project, has dispersed all but about $3 million of that total.[2] Through the TTP, young and intelligent Tunisians were granted the opportunity to pursue studies in the United States. By the late 90's, the number of Tunisians in United States started to grow, reaching around 8,000 through the launch of the Diversity Immigrant Visa program.

Creation of a Tunisian-American community

In 1999, the idea of building a Tunisian-American community was born; an impossible task, considering the dispersion of the community (basically diluted between the West Coast, Northeast and Southeast areas) and the size of the country. Fortunately, at that time, the Internet and high-tech telecommunications started to really grow and evolve.

So, the strategy was to build a virtual community that would, in time, be merged with the offline community. By late 1999, way before Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, http://www.tunisiancommunity.org/ became "the Cultural Home" for Tunisians in America and the Tunisian Community Center, their institution. The modest website, with the help of several tech-savvy Tunisian volunteers over the years, became what is now a powerful, interactive Web presence.

Over the years, in spite of always being seen thru a "political lens", thanks to steadfast leadership and many dedicated volunteers, the organization was able to inspire the formation of local chapters that operate autonomously, but carry out the mission of the organization by conducting community-based activities that raise the profile of Tunisia in the United States and promote cross-cultural literacy.

The Tunisian Americans entities

The Tunisian Community Center is parent to the following entities:

  • The Tunisian American Day
  • The IBN KHALDUN Institute
  • The Student Federation
  • The Community Gazette

See also

References

  1. ^
  2. ^ http://pdf.usaid.gov/pdf_docs/XDABE093A.pdf

External links

  • The Tunisian Community Center Blog
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