NORWALK: PORTRAIT OF DIVERSITY PHOTOGRAPHS BY TONY VELEZ
WHO LIVES IN NORWALK?
PEOPLE OF EUROPEAN DESCENT
PEOPLE OF LATIN AMERICAN DESCENT
From 1950-1960 the Latino population of Norwalk increased by 35%. About four thousand Costa Ricans and Colombians immigrated to Norwalk, with the Costa Rican community considered to be the largest outside of that country.
PEOPLE OF AFRICAN DESCENT
PEOPLE OF ASIAN DESCENT
Starting in the mid 1960’s, people hailing from Pakistan, Bangladesh and India have made Norwalk their home. Often highly educated with technical skills, many are recruited by U.S. companies. A socially and religiously conservative group, with tight family bonds, their children sometimes enter equally highly skilled professions. After life in large cities surrounded by family and community, and despite the isolation that can accompany life in the suburbs, many succeed in making the permanent social and economic commitment to American life. They do this by bringing their extended families here and frequently traveling back to their home countries.