Photographers Document ‘World in a ZIP Code’ US Community

Vocabulary 単語

at first glance
[ət fɜːrst ɡlæns] (idiom)
– when first examined; at an early stage
ex.At first glance, you might think that she is rude, but once you get to know her better you find out that she is actually a very nice person.

[ˈkɔːrɪdɔːr] (noun)
– (in this case) a narrow area of land that is known for something specific
ex.A corridor of land lies between these two rivers.

[eθˈnɪsəti] (noun)
– the fact of belonging to a particular race or culture
ex.Ethnicity is not important to me as long as that person has a kind heart.

[ˈhɑːrməni] (noun)
– a state of peaceful existence and agreement
ex.My country is famous for the perfect social harmony.

[ˈsetl] (verb)
– (in this case) to make a place your permanent home
ex.I settled in Berlin after graduating from university.

Article ニュース記事

Photographers Document ‘World in a ZIP Code’ US Community


A team of photographers has documented the evolving life of people and places in a community billed as “the world in a ZIP code.”

At first glance, the six-kilometer stretch of road doesn’t seem very different from other urban streets. But take a closer look, and you begin to notice the many different ethnic businesses side by side along the corridor known as Columbia Pike in Arlington, Virginia.

Photographer Lloyd Wolf has lived much of his life near the Pike, a road built in 1810 as the main route into Washington from Virginia. Since the 1970s, he said, it has been a magnet for immigrants from every corner of the globe.

“Columbia Pike has become more and more interesting,” he said. “There are hundreds and hundreds of ethnicities, people from different countries along the Pike and living in relative harmony. This is something we felt was worth recording.”

So Wolf and four other photographers who call the area home […] spent 10 years capturing the life of the people who make up the corridor.

Claudia Camacho owns a Bolivian restaurant on the Pike. She likes the community and has lived nearby for 23 years.

“It is really hard to move out from this area,” she said. “There are a lot of people from different places of the world. You get to know different cultures, and it is really good.”

Mohammed Mohammed settled in the area 25 years ago. His shop sells imported Ethiopian products.

“I have been successful running a business here,” he said. “White, African-Americans, Hispanic people, Asians, Arabs, Africans combined in diversity. So we know each other, we share elements of culture and language.


“Bangladeshis have their festival here,” Wolf said. “We have over 30 Bolivian dance troupes in the county that perform [during the] Oruro festival every year. Three thousand of them come up to Columbia Pike. It is beautiful to see.”


Questions 質問

1What can you see on Columbia Pike at a closer look?
2Why did Lloyd Wolf want to record life on Columbia Pike?
3What does Mohammed Mohammed’s shop sell?

Discussion 議論

1What do you think about the cultural diversity on Columbia Pike?
2What do you understand by the word “multiculturalism”?
3Why do you think that people from all over the world are living in the U.S.?


Advanced Exercises 発展問題

The following exercises are for an additional lesson.

Summary まとめ

Please make a short summary of the article that you have just read. (1-2 minutes)

Debate ディベート

Bring arguments first in favor, and then against the idea that some societies or countries can never become truly multicultural. (2-3 minutes each)

Discussion 2 議論

1Do you think that the U.S. is the most accepting and inclusive country in the world? Why or why not?
2Do lots of people want to emigrate to your country? Why or why not?
3What kind of help should governments provide to people moving to their country?
4Do you think that you could adapt to living in any place in the world? Why or why not?
5Arguing about globalization is like arguing about gravity. - Kofi Annan. What is your opinion about this statement? Do you agree with it? Why or why not?
6Globalization, as defined by rich people like us, is a very nice thing… you are talking about the Internet, you are talking about cell phones, you are talking about computers. This doesn’t affect two-thirds of the people of the world. – Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?

Video Exercise ビデオ問題

Watch the video in the article and answer the following questions.

1First, please take a look at the video. Judging from the first part of the video, what can you say about Columbia Pike?
2What can you say about the Bolivian restaurant featured in the video?
3What can you say about the Ethiopian shop featured in the video?
4What do you think about the open-air market featured in the second half of the video?

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