Let’s start by stating the obvious…we live in contentious times. What we think of our government, our country, and what it means to be an American is changing. So, what does that mean for the symbols associated with the United States?
It’s impossible to drive around our region without seeing an American Flag. It’s a standard recognized around the world and with it comes a weight that is daunting.
Adela (not her real name) is from Mexico and is in the process of becoming a citizen. She didn’t want to use her name because she is worried that she will be denied. In this edition of Radio Chipstone. Adela tells contributor gianofer fields about her relationship with the American Flag.
About the Host:
gianofer (JON nah fer) fields is an Art Historian and Material Culture contributor and curates the Radio Chipstone series. The project is hosted by the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and funded by the Chipstone Foundation; a decorative arts foundation whose mission is preserving and interpreting their collection, as well as stimulating research and education in the decorative arts.
About the Guest:
Adela (not her real name), is from Mexico and is in the process of becoming a citizen.
Image: Close-up of the “Flag of Faces” exhibit at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum featuring the faces of immigrants. Photo by Ludovic Bertron. “The American Flag of Faces™” is produced by ESI Design and Artgig Studio. Information about the people pictured can found here.
This segment comes from the Radio Chipstone Archives on WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio. See here.