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.
Posted on: June 24th, 2014 by Nashville Public Television No Comments
This video takes us through the process that Bhutanese-Nepali refugees have to go through in order to buy and prepare their cultural food–including numerous different stops at specialty markets in Nashville. Shared by Prakash Subedi as part of NPT’s Storytellers project.
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.
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.
Posted on: September 4th, 2012 by nptnextdoorneighbors No Comments
Many cultures and religious traditions have rituals around the birth of a child. For many families who have settled in a new land, preserving these rituals is of utmost importance, even if only in the privacy of their own home.
In this video, storytellers Kamal Bastola and Prakash Subedi give us an intimate look at a Bhutanese family conducting a naming ceremony for a recent newborn baby, a traditional ceremony in Hindu custom.
Posted on: March 29th, 2012 by nptnextdoorneighbors No Comments
This thoughtful piece by storyteller Kasar Abdulla introduces us to the Kurdish art of weaving. From socks and purses to hats and rugs, Kurdish women take pride in preserving the tradition of making intricate crafts with their own hands. Abdulla delves deep into the significance of the practice in difficult times, explaining that the women “relied on their weaving talents in refugee camps; they would turn something as simple as a potato sack into new purses and exchange it for food with the Turks.” A must-see story.
Posted on: February 14th, 2012 by nptnextdoorneighbors No Comments
This video, produced by Rwandan storyteller Alice Gatebuke, tells the story of Honorine, a woman who lived through the war and genocide in Rwanda. She was part of a group of thousands who had to escape by foot to neighboring countries. The story is part of our ongoing effort to have Nashville women tell the war stories of other female immigrants and refugees in Nashville as part of the Women, War, and Peace project.
Posted on: January 3rd, 2012 by nptnextdoorneighbors No Comments
Go inside the home of a Bhutanese family in Nashville as they welcome guests with their customary Bhutanese-Nepali milk tea. Yam Kharel discusses hospitality norms in the culture, and even shows us how to make the delicious drink. A perfect treat as the weather finally gets colder here in the city…
Posted on: December 12th, 2011 by nptnextdoorneighbors No Comments
In this video, storyteller Nejib Adem introduces us to Ma’aza, an Ethiopian woman who came to Nashville in 2005 and specializes in baking cakes. Her dream is to open a bakery in Nashville one day. For now, she takes orders from her friends and family and makes her delicious cakes in her own personal kitchen. Mmmm…
Posted on: November 29th, 2011 by nptnextdoorneighbors No Comments
As part of our Women, War and Peace project, some of our female storytellers are telling the war stories of women in Nashville. In this moving video produced by Hannah Mendez, meet Betty Kayitesi, a Rwandan refugee whose life took a very unexpected turn when she married someone from the “other side”.
Posted on: September 28th, 2011 by nptnextdoorneighbors No Comments
In this story, meet Hayder Abduljabbar and his family, who recently arrived in Nashville from Iraq. With the help of his case worker, Hayder goes shopping for essentials and explains his feelings about settling in America so far.
Posted on: September 6th, 2011 by nptnextdoorneighbors No Comments
In this story, meet various refugees in Nashville participating in Catholic Charities’ Refugee Elders Program. This program provides resources, such as citizenship and English language training, to new arrivals. Nejat Derakshani, a refugee from Iran, discusses fleeing persecution from his country and the many opportunities he is finding in his new home.
Posted on: August 24th, 2011 by nptnextdoorneighbors No Comments
A new booth has opened up at the Nashville Farmer’s Market: refugee handicrafts. For the first time, refugee women are selling their hand-made products and making a profit off of them. This video details the various pieces they are selling, and new concepts the refugee women must explore as self-employers, such as making products that are more marketable to the general public.