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From Surviving to Thriving: An Akron Refugee Story

From Surviving to Thriving: An Akron Refugee Story

photo of girls watching celebration of Hindu festival of Teej
Credit M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU
Akron’s refugee story over the last decade has been written largely by the arrival of thousands of Bhutanese people who spent decades  in camps in Nepal. Internationally, it’s regarded as a resettlement success story.  Now the city and the refugees themselves are trying to ensure it’s a local success as well.



photo of old woman with child
Credit M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU
Beginning on Monday, October 2nd on WKSU's Morning Edition, WKSU reporter M.L. Schultze will examine the transition from new arrivals to established residents. Over the course of four days, her stories will examine how the community is overcoming the isolation of language and culture, how it's using the traditions of weaving to tell its current story, why refugees who settled in other parts of the country are moving to Akron, and the birth of the next generation of Bhutanese Nepalis in Akron. 



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Credit HUFFINGTON POST
WKSU is partnering with Huffington Post as part of its Listen to America tour of 25 U.S. cities to tell the story of Northeast Ohio's Bhutanese Community both to Northeast Ohio and to the country.

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