Your NPR news source

Kinship & Community

SHARE Kinship & Community
Kinship & Community


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.

The Latest
Liesl Olson started as director at The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum earlier this month. She joins WBEZ to talk about her future plans for this landmark of Chicago history. Host: Melba Lara; Reporter: Lauren Frost
The city faces criticism for issuing red light camera tickets at intersections where yellow lights fall slightly short of the city’s 3-second policy. And many traffic engineers say the lights should be even longer.
There was a time Chicago gave New York a run for its money. How did we end up the Second City?
Union Gen. Gordon Granger set up his headquarters in Galveston, Texas, and famously signed an order June 19, 1865, “All slaves are free.” President Biden made Juneteenth a federal holiday last year.
As the U.S. celebrates the second federal holiday honoring Juneteenth, several myths persist about the origins and history about what happened when enslaved people were emancipated in Texas.