Archive for June, 2014

Flying Over the Grand Canyon

Posted on: June 25th, 2014 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

From her distant home in Hungary, Rita imagined that she might never see the United States. Fortunately, an unexpected career opportunity changed all of that. Today, she’s making the most of her experience by studying English and taking in the sights, including a breathtaking trip that almost didn’t happen.

To Be Honest With Myself

Posted on: June 25th, 2014 by Nashville Public Television 1 Comment

A few kind words can go a long way. Take it from Hiromi. Growing up in Japan, praise for one’s accomplishments or individuality was not the cultural norm. Needless to say, the frequent complements of others felt a bit foreign when she came to the U.S. Sometimes, though, a fresh perspective is all we need to see ourselves and others in a new light.

 

WOW !

Posted on: June 25th, 2014 by Nashville Public Television 1 Comment

Akiko knew that coming to the United States from Japan would be a big change, but she didn’t know just how big. Not only were her expectations turned upside down, but her sense of scale was completely altered. This is one hilarious story about a larger than life transition to everyday life in the U.S.

Love Before Birth

Posted on: June 25th, 2014 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

Here’s a story for all the romantics out there. It’s a tale of families, fate and the winding journey of two people who seemed destined to be together.

Anything is Possible in the USA

Posted on: June 25th, 2014 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

Margarita knows what it means to work hard and walk away empty handed. In her home country of Guatemala, opportunities for personal, financial growth were limited. But here in the USA, she and her husband are painting a different picture for themselves.

He Has a Dream

Posted on: June 25th, 2014 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

A mother hopes her son’s dream of graduating high school and college and becoming a doctor will come true. However, being undocumented has made this dream more difficult for him to achieve than it is for other, documented students.

A Drive for Reform

Posted on: June 25th, 2014 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

In this video, Martha discusses the need for immigration reform, expressing the fears she has had to live with as an immigrant. She hopes that reform is in the near future so her daughters do not have to live with these fears, too.

Life in the United States

Posted on: June 25th, 2014 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

The transition from Chihuahua, Mexico to Nashville, TN has been difficult for Norma Gutierrez and her family, but they are glad they made the move. In this video, Norma tells us about some of the difficulties she has had to face by moving to a different country and then tells us what she loves about her new life that has made the move worth while.

Young Park

Posted on: June 25th, 2014 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

This story tells about life in America for a Korean woman and her family and the opportunities that Nashville has given them.

Kaori Takatsu

Posted on: June 25th, 2014 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

Kaori and her family have experienced life in Japan, Michigan, and now Nashville, TN. She hasn’t been in Nashville for long, but she seems to be enjoying her life here. Though her kids really miss the Michigan snow!

When I Listen To Music

Posted on: June 25th, 2014 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

Having arrived in the U.S. from Africa less than a year ago, Patience is in the process of learning English and acclimating to life in a new society. Organizations like Catholic Charities provide after school programs to help kids make this transition, but sometimes there’s nothing more transformative than the music that gets us through the rough times.

The Big Adjustment

Posted on: June 25th, 2014 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

For Congolese African refugees like Christian and his family, adjusting to life in the U.S. is not without its share of challenges. But as you’ll hear from his brother, there’s some hearty rewards that get served up along the way, too.

Solange Braids Hair

Posted on: June 25th, 2014 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

It’s nice to have a gift, and it’s a beautiful thing when we use that gift to give back to others. For Solange, who comes to Nashville from Rwanda, braiding her friends’ hair is more about the relationships than the hours of concentration and effort. Her story is a tribute to the ethic and passion that so many immigrants and refugees bring to their work and communities here in Nashville.

Paragon Farm

Posted on: June 25th, 2014 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

This video was produced by Alice. In addition to her work with Catholic Charities’ Refugee Youth Program, she is joining with her sister to start a community garden for immigrants and refugees right here in Nashville. Check out her story, and find out what makes this idea so fresh!

Mary Rose Talks School

Posted on: June 25th, 2014 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

In this video, Mary Rose has a candid conversation about what it was like to make the transition from boarding school in Uganda to public school in the U.S. She offers a nice perspective on the initial embarrassment and confusion experienced by many newcomers and reveals how far a little “understanding” can go both in the classroom and with new acquaintances.

Stick On God

Posted on: June 25th, 2014 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

We’ve all experienced some of life’s unfairness at one point or another, but that doesn’t make the sting of disappointment or betrayal any easier to endure. In this video, Mary Rose demonstrates how a simple song can encourage someone to keep the faith.

Justine Discusses School in America

Posted on: June 25th, 2014 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

In case you’ve ever lamented riding a school bus or putting your kids on one, imagine walking 1.5 hours to and from school everyday. Suddenly, the bus doesn’t seem like such a bad option! In fact, for students like Justine, that big yellow bus is one of the brightest spots in her day, making all of the challenges that school can bring just a little more manageable.

Eric’s Ongoing Journey

Posted on: June 25th, 2014 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

For Eric, life in the U.S. holds a lot of promise. After spending years in a Ugandan refugee camp where school was difficult to reach and food was in short supply, his current circumstances feel pretty good. Today, Eric is not only making the adjustment to his new home in Nashville, he’s making plans for the journey ahead!

I Was Afraid To Play

Posted on: June 25th, 2014 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

The challenge of telling a story can be a daunting task, especially when language barriers are a factor. But with some translating help, Clarisse was able to tell her story in her native Congolese language. This story warms the heart and reminds us that the playground really is one of the most important classrooms.

Visualizing Your Video

Posted on: June 25th, 2014 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

This is a short video that illustrates the way shot variety correlates to the WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY AND HOW of storytelling.

How Reading Set Me Free

Posted on: June 25th, 2014 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

In this story, Kenyan refugee Frahia talks about being bullied in school when she first came to America and didn’t know any English, and how learning how to read saved her. She talks about why others in similar situations should hang in there and not drop out of school. This student-produced video was created as part of the American Graduate project, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Going to School in the U.S. with No Previous Education

Posted on: June 25th, 2014 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

Habiba Omar came to the U.S in 5th grade without having any previous schooling. In this video, she talks about the challenges of starting school from scratch and why she’s determined to graduate from high school. This student-produced video was created as part of the American Graduate project, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

After School Program to Help Immigrant Students Succeed

Posted on: June 25th, 2014 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

High school students who recently arrived to America have an after school program to help them adjust to their new academic environment. This student-produced video was created as part of the American Graduate project, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Mera from Egypt

Posted on: June 25th, 2014 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

Mera Ishaak just came to America a few months ago and talks about how she feels as a new student at her high school. This student-produced video was created as part of the American Graduate project, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

My Mother’s Education Cut Too Short

Posted on: June 25th, 2014 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

Juan Almaraz interviews his mother for the first time about why she had to drop out of school at an early age in Mexico. This student-produced video was created as part of the American Graduate project, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The First Year

Posted on: June 25th, 2014 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

Refugees Water and Cha talk about their first year in an American high school. Water’s father describes his first year trying to sustain his family and find a job. This student-produced video was created as part of the American Graduate project, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The Language Barrier

Posted on: June 25th, 2014 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

Wasingo talks about what is was like to arrive as a refugee at age 15 to the US. Starting over completely, Wasingo finds America is not what he imagined. But he has ope hard work will help him meet his dreams. This student-produced video was created as part of the American Graduate project, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Salim Living with Two Cultures

Posted on: June 25th, 2014 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

Salim shares the struggle of carrying two cultures. At first, the culture of his family made him an outsider. At school, the American culture surrounding him distanced him from his roots. Now, Salim acknowledges hanging on to the Kenyan and Somali part of his identity is hard and choosing to remember where he came from may not be an option.

Diem

Posted on: June 25th, 2014 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

Congolese refugee Diem talks about life in a new home. Fitting in is not always easy, when people haven’t experienced the things you have.

Different Cultures in Myanmar

Posted on: June 25th, 2014 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

Two students talk about the many different ethnicities in Myanmar and share the dress of Bamar, and Chin.