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The Greek Story in America Is Older Than You Think

Histories often conform to a narrative, which is often simplified or edited for reasons of brevity or emphasis. The typical Greek-American historical narrative will focus on the mass immigration of generally impoverished Greeks to the United States in the...

Greek-American David Sedaris Makes Readers Laugh, Cry

Greek-American author David Sedaris, who reflects on difficult moments in his life with honesty and humor, has become one of the most beloved contemporary American humorists. Born in 1956 to an Anglo-American mother and Greek-American father, whose parents were immigrants...

The Passion of the Greek Diaspora for Greece

Ever since ancient times, Greeks of the diaspora—those who have left their native land to establish a new life abroad—have enriched the international community. By Constantine Passaris Last year’s bicentennial celebrations of the Greek revolution of 1821 highlighted the passion of...

George Lois, the Greek-American Advertising Guru, Dies at 91

George Lois, the Greek-American designer and advertising guru known for over 92 covers he designed for Esquire magazine, died at ninety-one years old. Lois' son, the photographer Luke Lois, said he died "peacefully" Friday at his home in Manhattan. Born in...

Greek Adoptee in the US Finds Family Back Home After 68 Years

Greek adoptee Merrill Jenkins began searching for his family back in March 2011 after losing his wife in September 2010. It was a rainy day on a dull autumn morning when Jenkins felt the need to begin research to discover his...

The Proud Greeks of Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tucked away among Central Asia’s rolling deserts and sand dunes in the eastern part of Uzbekistan is a small community of people who are the living vestiges of Cold War politics, the Greeks of Tashkent. By Christianna Kontou A Greek diaspora...

John Aniston, Jennifer’s Father, Dies at 89

Jennifer Aniston's father, John Anthony Aniston, born in Chania, Greece, passed away on Friday at the age of eighty-nine. The actress, 53, took to Instagram to pay tribute to her dad with a slew of snaps of them together over...

The Greek Sailor From Hydra Who Became War Hero in Argentina

A Greek sailor from Hydra named Nicholas Kolmaniatis, who would be known most of his life as Nicholas Jorge, became a war hero in Argentina in the 19th century. As a Hydriot, I had been raised on a pantheon of...

Chelly Wilson: New York’s Greek Queen of Porn

The late Chelly Wilson was a New Yorker who epitomized the American Dream. She believed that it was the best country in the world because you were free to do whatever you wanted. What she wanted to do was run...

Rep. Dina Titus Wins Reelection in Nevada at US Midterm Elections

Democratic Rep. Dina Titus was reelected to a sixth term in the 1st Congressional District in Nevada, which includes the Las Vegas Strip at the US Midterm elections. Titus narrowly defeated Republican opponent Mark Robertson, a retired Army Colonel. Titus wrote...

Veteran’s Day: Greek-Americans Who Served Nation With Devotion

Throughout American history, many thousands of Greek-American veterans have served the nation with pride and distinction. They are all honored every Veteran's Day, along with all the others who have devoted years of service in the American military. These are...

Greek Adoptees in the US Gather to Share Stories, Tears, and Hugs

A group of Greek women adoptees, brought from Greece as infants and toddlers, met recently in Salem, New Hampshire to share their stories. Most of them had not yet met each other face-to-face, but they had formed a bond that...

US Midterm Elections: The Greeks and Philhellenes That Won

A number of significant victories were achieved by Greeks and philhellenes in this year's U.S. midterm elections. Among those who were elected or re-elected in the US Parliament and Congress were Alexi Giannoulias, Eleni Kounalakis, Nicole Malliotakis, John Sarbanes, Gus...

Republican Malliotakis and Democrat Sarbanes Win Re-Election Bids

Two Greek-American House Representatives have been re-elected in the 2022 U.S. midterms. The first, New York Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, won against former Democratic Rep. Max Rose in a rematch between the two. The second, Democratic Rep. John Sarbanes, was reelected...

Canada Owes Regina Pizza to Four Greek Immigrant Brothers

In Canada, pizza aficionados have to thank four Greek immigrants for the country’s own unique pizza, known as Regina Pizza.