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Adapted from the film Welcome to Shelbyville
directed and produced by Kim A. Snyder

Welcoming Story: Marija from Macedonia

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

In 2009, Marija moved from Macedonia (former Yugoslavia) to the United States. The moment she arrived to the States, she jumped right into a co-shared apartment. This is Marija’s story of learning how to reduce and reuse in a new country while she experiences the journey of discovering friends and a home. Plus 4 useful websites!

Miguel's 'Pollo en Crudo' Recipe

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Miguel from the cast of Welcome to Shelbyville recently got in touch with us to contribute his own recipe for the Welcome to Shelbyville Night of Broadcast Welcoming Gatherings:

“Every time I would return to Mexico for a visit,” he told us, “my mom would ask me what I want and I would always say: ‘Pollo en Crudo.’ Even past eighty she was still cooking for me.”

Why “Pollo en Crudo,” which translated means “raw chicken?” “It’s a very tasty dish, but with that name…” Miguel wondered.

After years of mystery, Miguel finally learned his mother’s secret.  The tomato sauce is prepared and cooked before everything else, and the raw chicken marinates in it before the dish is cooked. “So it’s not raw” explained Miguel, “and it tastes so good.”

Miguel is very proud of the women in his family. “My mother was a very strong female and took care of my father for a long time.” One year before she passed away, Miguel went back to Mexico to be with his mother on her final Mother’s Day.  “I’m so glad I did.” Miguel asked his mother for the recipe so that he could pass it on to his kids. “She guided me through the whole process. I was so happy. Now my daughter, Rocio, has started preparing this for her family too.”

2 lbs. of skinless chicken cut (legs, thighs, breasts, wings)
1 Tbsp. olive oil
3 medium tomatoes
1 garlic clove
1/4 of medium onion
1/4 tsp. of dried oregano
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 Tbsp. of salt
2 Tbsp. vinegar
1 c. sliced pickled carrots
1 c. sliced pickled onions
1 c. sliced pickled nopales (pickled cactus)


Blend and crush (but do not puree): 3 tomatoes, a garlic clove, 1/4 medium onion, 1/4 tsp. oregano, 1/4 tsp. black pepper, 1 tbsp. salt, and 2 tbsp. of vinegar.

Sautee the blended mixture in 1 tbsp. of olive oil for approximately 5 minutes.

Add the chicken pieces to the mixture and cook them for approximately 30-40 minutes, or until fully cooked. Stir to ensure the chicken is fully covered in the mixture.

Add pickled carrots, onions, and nopales (cactus) to chicken.

Cover pan with lid and cook for approximately 5 minutes.

Serves: 4-6 people

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How You Can Create a Welcoming Story!

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Did you immigrate and feel particularly welcomed by someone you’d like to thank? Or know someone you’d like to interview for their story? Create your video or digital story! Here are questions to help you:

What country did you come from and when did you arrive in the United States? What was your biggest challenge early on? Tell a short story about someone special who helped you. How did you feel about that person? If that person were here with us today, what would you like to tell them?

Please begin by saying “My name is ____ and this is my Welcoming Story.” And when uploading your story to YouTube or Vimeo (or similar), please name it “Welcoming Story: [Your First Name] from [Country of Origin]”. Then send us the link!

Nika’s Story

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

“Nika” Vagner came to New York in 1989 from Warsaw, Poland. In her Welcoming Story, Nika remembers the moment she first learned she was leaving home forever, how she felt in an American classroom before she spoke English and how a sit-com and a teacher had a lasting influence on her life to this day.


Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Artist Doug Minkler presents his art work specifically to welcome immigrants. It is called “Bienvenidos.”

Watch this Welcoming Story by YouTube’s carolharveysf