As an institution with a large Greek-American student population in a borough with the largest Greek enclave in New York, Queens College unveiled the first part of an ongoing research project last week that is aimed at filling a gap in the study of the Greek diaspora.
Sociology professor Nicholas Alexiou said at a news conference at the college, at 65-30 Kissena Blvd. in Kew Gardens Hills, that while the largest influx of Greeks to America came during the Great Migration at the beginning of the 20th century, there was a second, smaller wave of people who came between the 1960s and the ’80s that has been largely unresearched.
“I saw the gap in Greek-American studies,” Alexiou said.
The Hellenic-American Oral History Project, which can be viewed online at qc.cuny.edu/greekoralhistory, features 23 filmed interviews with Greek immigrants and American-born Greeks, as well as another page of research with demographics, maps and census data that charts Greek immigration to America.