In Washington DC, the city council is due to make a decision shortly on whether to give an official name to a part of the city commonly known as "Little Ethiopia".
In the past few years, immigrants from that African country have bought property and set up businesses in what was previously a neglected part of the US capital. But not everyone is happy with the proposal.
Andrew Laurence, head of the Ethiopian American cultural centre, is my unofficial guide to the area.
As we thread our way through a stretch of shops and restaurants, with names such as Etete and Feker Sound, he tells me of the deep cultural links between the land of his Irish-American mother and that of his Ethiopian father.
"When the African-Americans would read in the Bible about Ethiopia, they would say: 'Well that's us, that's Africa.' They were able to use that to inspire them throughout the whole period of slavery."
And now this community is hoping these links will be formally recognised. The DC city council is considering a proposal to give this area an official title, such as Little Ethiopia.
Mr Laurence is involved in the lobbying, and in the bars and restaurants we enter, the smell of doro wat chicken stew mingles with a sense of expectation.
"It's so important for us, like the Chinese or the Koreans, to have our own little village, or little area, so that we can be proud of ourselves. We want to show the Americans our culture and traditions," says Mr Laurence.