Latino-Muslim Exchange Project Helps Kids Discover Cross-Cultural Similarities

May 19, 2006

Source: Orange County Register

On May 19, 2006 the Orange County Register reported, "When Endy Galindo, 12, takes snapshots of her life, she photographs parked Cadillacs in her neighborhood and her younger siblings. Her new friend, 11-year-old Mariyah Saiduddin, takes photos of herself wearing a hijab, traditional Muslim attire, and glasses. Galindo, a Mexican-American, and Saiduddin, a Pakistani-American, lead different lives, but they recently learned that they have common interests. 'It's cool because you get to learn that everyone has a different culture and that they speak their own language,' Galindo said. Similarities are cool too, said Saiduddin, who learned that she and Galindo share a deep love for their friends and family. Through the Latino-Muslim Exchange project, an Orange County Human Relations Commission program to link youths from different lifestyles, ethnicities and economic backgrounds, more than 60 students met Thursday to share what they learned. Willard Intermediate School in Santa Ana hosted guests from New Horizon Elementary, an Islamic school in Irvine, to celebrate a school year's worth of sharing through dialogue, art and creative writing."

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