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An Immigrant’s First Thanksgiving, a Tradition Born

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Russian immigrants Lina Broydo and her husband, Sam, arrived in the United States in 1965. Sam Broydo got a job at Bell Labs, a research company looking for intelligent, young engineers. Sam’s colleague Dave and his wife, Peggy, decided to invite all the immigrants working at the company to experience an American Thanksgiving at their house. It was a potluck of about 30 people. Everyone brought a dish, so it was more like an “international Thanksgiving buffet dinner,” Broydo told The Epoch Times. The hosts prepared the classic turkey, yams, and pies. “I brought two dishes because my husband had to have potatoes with every dinner. For him, dinner without potatoes—which is so typical of Russian cuisine—was just an appetizer.” She brought mashed potatoes and stuffed potatoes. She cut potatoes in half, stuffed them with bacon and cheese and baked them. It was also the first time she …