A project celebrating Amsterdam’s diversity has published stories of 180 Amsterdammers living in the Dutch city.
The 180 Amsterdammers project maps the nationalities living within Amsterdam, with photographs and stories of representatives from the different groups, from the 12,354 Brits to the one person from Djibouti.
Author, historian and journalist, Russell Shorto, wrote his observations on Amsterdam’s diversity for the project. Shorto is best known for his book The Island at the Center of the World, about Dutch origins in New York City.
“One thing that sets Amsterdam’s diversity apart is its antiquity. Maybe it’s stretching things to say that Amsterdam invented diversity, but it is certainly the case that Amsterdam’s growth – its rise to Golden Age greatness – had precisely to do with its diversity.” – Russell Shorto
All 180 stories reflecting Amsterdam’s diversity are published in the 180 Amsterdammers website. Kay from Laos talks about being homesick for Amsterdam, the canals and cycling everywhere during his visits to Laos. Sarah-Jane from Wales ended up in Amsterdam after meeting her Dutch boyfriend by playing World of Warcraft online. She dreams of opening a teahouse where people can crochet and knit. Kalsang is a Tibetan entrepreneur and met his Dutch wife when she was a holiday rep in Asia. He loves how his son has the freedom to have his own opinions in Amsterdam. Delphine from Mali was brought to Amsterdam to study. She now designs clothing using African textiles with European design influences, and recently opened her shop Bobo-couture, named after her Malian tribe Bobo.
“With 180 nationalities, Amsterdam today reflects its past.” – Russell Shorto
180 Amsterdammers is an initiative of Amsterdam Marketing, AmsterdamFM, Bridgizz, Nieuwwij, Story Supply, the OBA (Amsterdam Public Library), the Amsterdam Museum, Het Parool and the City of Amsterdam.
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Website: 180 Amsterdammers
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