Being a Folklorist is "in the [US] National Interest"
Monday, August 05, 2013
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
Folklorist and radio producer Rachel Hopkin of Las Vegas recently wrote on her website (www.rachelhopkin.com):
"In the autumn of 2002, I spent several months doing fieldwork among Southern Appalachian folk musicians, during the course of which I fell in head over heels in love with America and her traditional culture. Earlier this month, after more than a decade of yearning and hoping, the desire that formed at that time was finally satisfied when my Green Card arrived in the post. I’m now officially a US Permanent Resident. Just in and of itself, this is wonderful news for me, but what makes it all the sweeter is the basis on which my petition was approved: namely, the United States Immigration and Citizenship Services deemed, because of the nature and range of my work as a folklorist/radio producer promoting cultural conservation, that it was "in the national interest” to keep me in the States. It seems to me that if the USCIS acknowledges the value of such work, that is really something that I (and all my fellow folklorist/radio producers) can be proud of."