Strong human bonds are often formed through rituals or ceremonies that solidify community ties and help people meet the challenges of everyday life. For many immigrants from India, the centuries-old tradition of raksha bandhan renews ties of kinship and reciprocity, reminding them of responsibility for the other's well-being. Filipino immigrants unite around annual public ceremonies honoring national hero José Rizal, reaffirming their commitment to his ideals and their land of origin. Listen in to hear how intimate family occasions and large public events perform vital roles in creating community among these immigrant groups, with the Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago and Indo-American Heritage Museum.
Recorded Saturday, April 05, 2008 at Indo-American Center.