Posts Tagged ‘immigrants’

Hopes for TN in 2012

Posted on: June 23rd, 2014 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

Youth discuss what kind of community they want Tennessee to be in 2012, with particular focus to its treatment towards immigrants and refugees.

Refugee Christmas Party

Posted on: June 23rd, 2014 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

Refugee Christmas Party 2010 hosted by Refugee Services, Catholic Charities of Tennessee in Lowes Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN. Refugees from Bhutan, Burma, Iraq, Cuba, Congo, Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea gather together for the party where they refresh with food, fun, entertainment activities such as dance, songs, arts and so on.

Storytellers: Videos Produced by High School Students for American Graduate Project

Posted on: October 18th, 2012 by nptnextdoorneighbors No Comments

For several months now, we have been involved in the exciting nationwide project American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen. A few weeks ago, we aired Translating the Dream, a documentary that looks at the unique challenges of immigrant and refugee students in Nashville schools. But as we have learned with the Storytellers project, there is great value in having the community create their own stories, in their own voice.

So, we have been collecting stories from high school students to get their firsthand perspectives on the issues that matter to them most. We want them to answer questions like, what motivates students to stay in school? What factors contribute to the decision to drop out of high school? What are the day-to-day struggles you face- including those dealing with academic hardship, bullying, lack of motivation? And for our immigrant and refugee storytellers: what are your unique struggles, and what is keeping you in (or distancing you from) school?

In the video below, Kenyan refugee Frahia, who is in 9th grade, talks about being bullied in school when she first came to America and didn’t know any English, and how falling in love with reading kept her in school.

And you can view all of the student-produced stories we’ve gotten so far in the playlist below.

(Storytellers) Inside an Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

Posted on: April 20th, 2012 by nptnextdoorneighbors No Comments

This video takes us inside the Nashville home of two Eastern Ethiopian women hosting a coffee ceremony, one of the most enjoyable events in Ethiopian culture. Storyteller Nejib Adem is their honorary guest as the women show him the steps it takes to prepare for the gathering. Prepare to be hungry by the end of watching this…

(Storytellers) Immigrants` Unique Challenges Inspire Them to Get Involved

Posted on: January 24th, 2012 by nptnextdoorneighbors No Comments

In this video, storyteller Maria Emilia Borja asks Nashville immigrants the question: ‘what personal experiences inspired you to get involved with your community?’ The answers may surprise you, and touch upon heavy subjects dealing with the unique challenges that immigrants face in adjusting to American society.

(Storytellers) Wilmer`s Shop: Latino Immigrants Find Their Niche

Posted on: October 4th, 2011 by nptnextdoorneighbors No Comments

Meet Wilmer, an immigrant from Honduras who came to Nashville and started his own auto body shop. Since establishing his body shop, he has paid it forward and helped other Latino immigrants earn a living working as mechanics.

(Storytellers) NPT Starts Not in Our Town Initiative

Posted on: September 19th, 2011 by nptnextdoorneighbors No Comments

NPT is pursuing a new project this month called Not in Our Town, a series and movement to stop hate and highlight towns that are trying to create more inclusive communities. As part of this initiative, we’re holding community events and screenings around Nashville between 9/11-9/21 and calling these the 10 Days of Peace. You can find out about the various events that have taken place and are going to take place at the website

We’ve decided to add a new layer to our Storytellers project. Our storytellers are going to be doing additional stories on the theme of Not in Our Town, including covering some of the 10 Days of Peace events.

Here’s a video that a few of our Somali storytellers produced a few months ago that reflect this theme greatly: hundreds of Nashvillians gathering at Legislative Plaza to protest a bill that many believe would single out Muslims in Tennessee: