Archive for October, 2013

Esther’s Story

Posted on: October 18th, 2013 by Shawn Anfinson No Comments

Many refugees come to Nashville hoping to establish a better life, a life free from the fear and persecution they endured in their countries of origin. Moving on, however, means leaving so much behind–things like homes, heirlooms, friends and even family. In this next video, Esther shares what it’s like to leave behind the thing that is dearest to her heart.




Playground English

Posted on: October 2nd, 2013 by Shawn Anfinson 2 Comments

Storytellers is kicking off a new series of videos produced by members of Nashville’s vibrant immigrant community! In the coming weeks, you can look forward to stories from Burmese refugees who are part of Tennessee Foreign Language Institute’s ESL TO GO program as well as stories from students at two of Metro’s most diverse high schools — Overton and Antioch.

The first story in this new series comes from Tennessee Foreign Language Institute’s, Thuy Rocco. Today, Thuy is the Assistant ESL Director at TFLI. Her journey, however, began in Vietnam more than 25 years ago. It’s the story of a mother’s hope, a child’s potential and a family’s perseverance. Thank you for sharing, Thuy!