Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Susan Hartman in the New York Times has a thoughtful story about how Utica, New York has become a city of refugees. Utica "might seem like an unexpected corner of America to plant roots for Somali Bantus who have fled persecution, but in fact they are part of a remarkable story: the evolution of Utica into a city of refugees. A large concentration of immigrants who have come here seeking sanctuary, including Vietnamese, Bosnians and Burmese, have transformed this once-fading industrial town." Mong other organizations, the Mohawk Valley Resource Center For Refugees teaches students to both preserve cultures and integrate into American society.