immigrants

Struggling With Humor in a Foreign Tongue

Jul 8, 2013

Misunderstandings and Jokes: An Immigrant Struggles with Humor

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This is a part of a series called, “New American Stories” produced by Erika Lorentzsen. Communicating in English, when it’s not the mother tongue, can lead to misunderstandings. A person’s innate sense of humor may get suppressed when one learns a new language. Overcoming stereotypes can, also, be difficult with the language barrier.

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Dirk Ockhardt is from Germany. He says just basic knowledge of English sometimes isn’t enough.

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From Starvation in the Desert to North Dakota

Jul 8, 2013

Cardinal Glass Employs Immigrants: Each One Has a Story

 Every immigrant has a story. Although painful, Hassan remembers his past all too well.  As a refugee, he faced starvation and saw the death of close family members.  He now works at Cardinal Glass, in Fargo, making windows.  The plant manager talks about his experience employing immigrants such as Hassan.  More here.

Bhutanese Refugees In Fargo

Jul 8, 2013

Starting Over: A Refugees Journey to the US

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This is a part in the series, “New American Stories” produced by Erika Lorentzsen. For a refugee, any place away from their camp is a welcome change of scenery. One woman is thankful that life is behind her.

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Charni Chanal, who goes by Cc, is dressed in a baby blue sari. She’s elegant in her slight frame. She’s from Bhutan, considered one of the happiest countries in Asia, but she is a refugee. She plays me her favorite song and tells me about life back in the refugee camp.

"Web Order Bride" Likes Jamestown and her Marriage

Jun 4, 2013

Irene came to North Dakota to marry her husband after meeting him on the internet.  But it's not quite like the old days when the Norwegian woman would come to the prairie on the basis of some letters exchanged with a farmer.  Irene's suitor flew to the Philippines to meet her and her family before they agree to get married.  And she like it here -- winters and all.

Immigrants and Fitting In Socially

May 7, 2013

Immigrants Fitting In Socially

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This is a part of the series, “New American Stories” produced by Erika Lorentzsen for Prairie Public. An immigrant adjusting to new life in a new country has many challenges including how the community accepts them. Immigrants may feel they are on the outside.  

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Susan Brown is a volunteer with the Ishkashitaa Refugee network in Tucson Arizona. She recently came to Fargo for a Bhutanese wedding, and she says immigrants here have found it very hard to make new friends.

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New Immigrants Search for Place of Worship

Apr 30, 2013

Immigrants Look for Hindu Place of Worship

From “New American Stories” produced by Erika Lorentzsen. At weddings, there are different rituals, from breaking glass to receiving a necklace, depending on the culture. Here’s a day at a Bhutanese wedding in Fargo. Even though the Bhutanese do not have a place of worship, they made do with what they had. The bride’s hands were done in Henna by a local Somali woman. People came together to celebrate.

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Is Midwestern Nice Fake to People from Other Countries?

Apr 16, 2013

How Nice is Nice?

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This is part of the series, “New American Stories” produced by Erika Lorentzsen for Prairie Public. Among different cultures, definitions of what is a "nice" way to act can really vary.  Most people in North Dakota would say they are "nice" without a second thought.  But "North Dakota nice" may not translate to the culture of a New American.

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US Marriages and Divorce Clash with Other Cultures

Apr 10, 2013

US Marriage and Divorce Clash with Values of Other Cultures

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This is a part of the series, “New American Stories” produced by Erika Lorentzsen. At 50 percent, the United States has the highest rate of divorce in the world. As immigrants adjust to new life in America, they must also adapt to how marriage is viewed here verses back home. Some may hold onto ancestral traditions.

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Learning to Date All Over Again

Apr 2, 2013

Learning to Date All Over Again

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This is a part of a series called, “New American Stories” produced by Erika Lorentzsen. Generations and cultures experience dating in new ways from arranged marriage to living with more choice, especially here in America. Muslims, Hindus and Latinos, enjoy some things about dating in America, but not everything.

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New Americans: Dating is Different

Mar 26, 2013

Immigrants from Puerto Rico, Somalia, Germany and Cambodia talk about figuring out relationships and dating (or not).  More here.

Dating Through the Eyes of an Immigrant

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