Albanian life in America

Relationship: Im/migrant
Burek (pork free spiral pie)
Burek (pork free spiral pie)

 In my home, we do many things differently from "normal" Americans. For example, my family does not eat pork because we are Muslim. We do not eat pork due to the fact that it is considered a dirty animal since the pig makes up for its inability to sweat by cooling off in the cold mud and getting covered in its own feces. The higher the temperatures, the dirtier the pig becomes. Since the temperatures are so high in the Middle East, the pigs get even dirtier than normal. The main reason that pork is forbidden from Muslims is because it says in the Holy Quran that some foods are allowed, while others are explicitly declared haram, which means forbidden. In addition, back when my parents were young and living in Albania, it was fairly uncommon for kids to go off to college due to lack of resources and financial issues. In America it is common for kids to attend college, and that is why I am attending ECC to fulfill their dreams. One similarity is that in Albanian culture, and in European culture in general, it is not uncommon for children to be spoiled by their parents. This is the case in my home because my parents want more for my brother and I than they had.

Place(s): Albania and America
Year: 1997

– Din Miftari

Relationship:  Im/migrant Im/migrant