Social Networking Goes Greek - Page 2
The 2002 movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” brought the Greek American culture to the big screen. Written by Nia Vardalos, the story follows the romance of a Greek American (Vardalos) and a non-Greek WASP (John Corbett). The film grossed nearly $369 million and cost $5 million to make.
In a 2004 lecture at the University of Michigan, Dan Georgakas, director of the Greek American Studies Project at Queens College-City University of New York, expressed concern about retaining Greek identity in the United States. He cited the fact that:
• Only about 200,000 Americans identify themselves as fourth-generation Greeks.
• The rate of marriage between Greek Americans and non-Greek Americans stands at 80 percent.
• Annual immigration to the United States from Greece totals only 1,000 to 2,000 people.
Georgakas said that “Greek America appears to be following the pattern of other European immigrant groups. Absent recurring or continuous waves of immigration, such communities culturally perish in approximately four to five generations.”