Stickers Offering Cultural Tips for New Americans

Posted on: May 6th, 2011 at 6:18 am by

Walking the streets of the Lower East Side in recent days, you may have come across some interesting stickers with the slogan “Cultural tips for new Americans.”  Each adhesive shows a little cartoon alongside some advice on typical American social behaviors.  For instance, “Never refuse gum if an American offers it to use. Offering gum is a polite way to tell someone that they have bad breath. (Source: Jenny W. on Facebook).”

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The guerrilla campaign is actually part-and-parcel of “About Face,” the No Longer Empty exhibit that recently assumed control of 215 East Houston.  As the stickers posit, this particular public art project is dubbed “Cultural Tips for New Americans,” and runs through the end of the month.  From the website:

As the proverbial “Land of Opportunity,” the United States has always had a steady stream of new Americans. For their Cultural Tips For New Americans project, Alina and Jeff Bliumis gathered advice to help recent arrivals assimilate and understand their new home. The artists took advice from published guides, public forums, streets questionnaires, social websites, and friends to create tips.

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