Before the Peace Corps was present in Tunisia in the early 1960’s, there was little interest for Tunisians to immigrate to the United States. It wasn’t until then, through the perceived generosity and hospitality of the Americans in Tunisia, that an interest was sparked to travel to the United States.
The American-Tunisians population continued through grow through the creation of the Technology Transfer Program, launched in the U.S. in 1981, aiming to encourage young and talented Tunisians to pursue an education in the United States through grants and scholarships. By the late 1990’s, over 8000 young Tunisians had made their way to the United States.
The dispersion of the Tunisian American population throughout the country led to the creation of TunisianCommunity.org, which to this day seeks to be a ‘virtual home’ for Tunisians located all over the United States.
Today, there are dozens of Tunisian American organizations all over the country, including a student federation and the IBN KHALDUN Institute.
In New York, the Tunisian Culture Institute is a major hub for the thousands of Tunisian-Americans that call New York City home. In addition to being a major support system for Tunisian-American relations, the Institute works diligently to promote the Tunisian culture in the United States through various yearly events and festivals
This year, it has partnered with the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) to establish “FIAF’s biennial celebration of 21st-century transculturalism in the Francophone world. This May, the festival returns for its fifth edition to explore the rich arts and culture of Tunisia just two years after the Arab Spring.”
The festival, World Nomads Tunisia, includes dozens of musical, dance, and cinematic events throughout the month of May. It begins on Saturday, May 3rd, with a Concert (named one of the week’s 10 best concerts by the Village Voice) by Tunisian artist, Sonia M’Barek.
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