From Surviving to Thriving: An Akron Refugee Story

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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.

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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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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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A new report is showing how residents of Akron’s North Hill feel about their neighborhood – and what their vision is for its future.

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Akron owes its only population growth since the turn of the century to a kingdom on the other side of the Earth. As many as 5,000 Nepali people have made their way to the city during the last decade.

It’s been a dramatic change for people who had held onto their culture during centuries in Bhutan and decades in refugee camps in Nepal.

 

Tiffany Stacy and Paulina Subba
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Editor's Note: This is the final installment in our week-long series looking at the impact of the Bhutanese refugees on Akron. It also is part of a collaboration with the Huffington Post.

Sanchu Rai
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Editors's note: This the fourth in a week-long series WKSU is doing on the integration of Bhutanese-Nepali refugees, who began their migration to Akron a decade ago. This story also is part of a collaboration with the Huffington Post.

Mongali Rai and Ash Maya Subba
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU public radio

Editors's note: This is the third report in a week-long series WKSU is doing on the integration of Bhutanese-Nepali refugees, who began their migration to Akron a decade ago. This story also is part of a collaboration with the Huffington Post.

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M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU public radio

EDITOR'S NOTE: This second part of a collaboration between WKSU and the Huffington Post focuses on the impact of Bhutanese refugees on the music of Akron.

Hindu Teej festival
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU

Editors's note: This is the first report in a week-long series WKSU is doing on the integration of Bhutanese-Nepali refugees, who began their migration to Akron a decade ago. Tomorrow, we’ll explore the fusion of music that is emerging.

HuffPost Visits Akron for 'Listen to America'

Sep 22, 2017

HuffPost, in partnership with WKSU, presents a conversation with community leaders and experts about future plans for the decommissioned Inner-Belt Highway. The event at the Akron Art Museum will begin at 6 p.m. (doors at 5:30 p.m.) and is free and open to the public. Reserve your free ticket now through Evenbrite by clicking HERE.