Finns in North America
Finglish is the first major work of photographic documentation of Finns in North America. Setting out to trace his relatives, Vesa Oja came across an Americanized way of life with a Finnish touch, dreams, utopias and homesickness.
Vesa and PÃ¤ivi Oja journeyed from New York to California and frok Ontario to Florida. Over a period of eight years thousands of photographs were taken and hundreds of people were interviewed.
The stories of Vesa oja's uncle and aunt are part of the history of migration. Almost 800,000 descendants of Finns who went to seek a better life and future live in different parts of North America.
The Finns first went to work in mines, factories, construction, logging or domestic service. They saved money for their own dream of a farm. They remembered their land of birth where they might never return. New settlements were given names such as Kaleva, Elo, Nisula, Heinola, Onnela, Sointula and Suomi.
Finglish offers a journey in time where past and present meet with gentle and wistful humor.
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