Little Ethiopia of the Pacific Northwest tells the story of the Ethiopian community in Seattle. The community began with approximately two dozen college students who came to the city during the Ethiopian revolution of 1974. These sojourning students earned college and university degrees, but were unable to return home to use them to modernise the developing nation. These stranded students became pioneers who built a micro-community in inner-city Seattle. Providing background with an analysis of Seattle's geographic, demographic, social and economic challenges, this volume studies the students who became asylum seekers; their falls in position, power, prestige; and the income of these elite and non-elite settlers. The authors analyse examples of those who became entrepreneurs and the ingenuity and determination they employed to start successful businesses. The authors examine the challenges imposed on them by a school system that assigned their children to grade levels according to age rather than knowledge. They explore how the American welfare system worked in practice and explain how and why Ethiopians die young in Seattle.
This fascinating study will be of interest to sociologists, ethnographers and regional analysts.
Joseph W. Scott is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Washington, USA. His articles have appeared in The American Sociological Review and The Political Science Review , among others. He is the author of The Black Revolts . Solomon A. Getahun is professor of history at Central Michigan University, USA. He is the author of The History of the City of Gondar and The History of Ethiopian Immigrants and Refugees in America.
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