Hungarians in the New World: A Grandchild’s Perspective


  • Patricia Valdata University of Maryland University College



During graduate school, I spent a semester studying Hungarian literature; I realized then that a European literature was not my own literary heritage. My literature was that of the American experience. Thus, I began to research Hungarian immigrants in central New Jersey. This research resulted in The Other Sister, published in November 2008. This paper details the research process, and more importantly, the process of discovery that led me to better understand the stories of Hungarian immigrants, and how the forces that shaped the lives of these travelers in their new country shaped my own heritage—culinary and literary.

Author Biography

Patricia Valdata, University of Maryland University College

Patricia Valdata received an MFA in writing from Goddard College in 1991. She received Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards for poetry in 2001 and 2003. Her newest work is The Other Sister (Plain View Press, 2008), a novel. Her poetry has appeared most recently in Thanal Online, Big Bridge, Letters to the World (Red Hen Press, 2008) and North American Review. Pat is an adjunct associate professor for the University of Maryland University College (UMUC).






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