More than great dining options: Detroit's rich with the history of its ethnic enclaves.

Author:Baum, Jennifer
Position:Culture
 
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If you're in the Detroit Region, you don't have to look far to see culture all around you,. And you can think about it in two ways: 1. The many ethnicities and religions represented in the area, and 2. The ways our humble little region has impacted American culture

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Diversity in the region

The Detroit Region is home to many ethnic groups, including Arab, Polish, Ukrainian, German, Greek, Indian, African, Asian and countless others. Religious facilities are located throughout the area and reflect all religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Hinduism. The myriad of cultures are reflected in the region's many museums - southeast Michigan is home to 111 of them - and the many ethnic food choices, Polish, Thai, Ethiopian, Japanese, Indian, Chinese, Italian, Greek, Arabic and Mexican are just a sampling of the cuisines that are all within easy reach.

In the early 20th century, European immigrants were initially attracted to the area by the automobile industry's high paying jobs, and now the engineering brain center that has made itself a home here attracts foreign students and workers every year - and the number keeps rising. In 2007 there were more than 20,000 international students studying at Michigan's public universities. This is a healthy increase from...

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