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Entries for September 2013

Catholic School Board Offers Chaldean Language Classes
By Britney Hermiz :: 20726 Views :: Chaldean Education & Career Center, Chaldean American Student Association

Parents of Catholic elementary students are invited to enrich their child’s education through the language instruction, cultural awareness and a celebration of traditions taught though the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s International Language Instruction program.

Designed for students in junior kindergarten through Grade 8, classes offered through the program include: Arabic, Armenian, Chaldean, Chinese-Cantonese, Chinese-Mandarin, Croatian, Hungarian, Igbo, Italian, Korean, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Maltese, Pilipino, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Tamil, Tigrigna, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

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Chaldeans Offer Stability and Growth to Michigan's Economy
By Ray Yono :: 9946 Views :: Government & Society
Fewer immigrants are choosing to make Michigan their new home, according to figures released by the Department of Homeland Security.  Only Michigan and Wisconsin are experiencing a drop while other Midwest states show a steady growth.  The nearly 5% decline is attributed to the poor job outlook, poor educational environment, and highly regulated and prohibitive sole proprietorship business environment in both states.
 
A saving grace to Michigan’s challenges in growing a contributing population base are the Chaldeans.   “Michigan is just second to California in terms of its attraction of Iraqi immigrants,” said Kurt Metzger, director emeritus of Data Driven Detroit.
“Primarily the Chaldean community... established itself in metropolitan Detroit,” Metzger said. Studies from Data Driven Detroit reveals that the metro Detroit’s Chaldean population hovers well over 100,000 with a strong majority being entrepreneurs and professionals.  

The hard working and highly professional base is helping Michigan considerably.  Metzger emphasizes that maintaining, and attracting immigrants to the state is critical for revitalizing Michigan’s cities.
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The growth and decline of the Aramaic language
By Sabah Hajjar :: 17700 Views :: Community & Culture, Chaldean Justice League

The Associated Press writes that the Syrian government sent reinforcements Friday to the ancient, predominantly Christian village of Maaloula, where rebels have battled regime troops this week. Maaloula, a scenic village of about 3,300 perched high in the mountains, is one of the few places in the world where residents still speak a version of Aramaic, the language of biblical times believed to have been used by Jesus.

A look at the growth and decline of the Aramaic language through the centuries:

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Chaldean Entrepreneur Snacks His Way to Success
By David Najor :: 11878 Views :: Business & Finance

H. Michael Robin arrived in Detroit from his native Baghdad, Iraq, in 1968. The Chaldean immigrant found a job loading potato chips onto delivery trucks.

That modest beginning led to Grandpapa’s, a snack food manufacturer that is part of Robin’s $15-million-a-year snack food business. From a newly renovated 140,000-square-foot factory at 6500 Davison in Detroit, Robin ships pallets stacked with cheese curls, cheese balls, and other snacks around the globe.

Locally, Grandpapa’s may be best known for its line of pork rinds, although that particular snack food is just the tip of a business operation that ships 99% of its production overseas.

From loading trucks to owning a far-flung export business was a journey of hard work and luck and seizing every opportunity.
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