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In recent years PBS has teamed up the production company Independent Lens to produce a number of documentary programs, many of which have received great acclaim and praise from viewers and television critics alike. One of their latest creations, The New Americans, is just such a program, and this website is designed to complement the ongoing series which was recently shown on PBS for the first time. The main site is divided into three primary areas where visitors can meet the immigrant and refugee families profiled in the program, learn about their diverse cultural traditions, and take a quiz on the myths and realities of immigration and its effects on American society. The section where visitors can learn about the diverse families profiled (such as the Ogoni family from Nigeria) is quite nice, and visitors can also find out how they are doing currently. The additional features on the site include resources for educators, a place for visitors to offer their own comments on the program, and a topically organized section of additional online resources on the experiences of immigrants and refugees in the United States.
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Date of Scout Publication 2004-04-09
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