Those are just two of the words used by GATE CITY participants to describe “The Refugees of Shangri-La” film screening and Community Awareness Event on Tuesday, a coordinated effort by the GATE CITY Project and Anne McQuade’s EDUC 712/812 Teaching Multilingual Learners course at UNHM. There was a full house for the event, which included a panel discussion organized by students in the Education 712/812 class and a colorful display of ethnic food and items from the Himalayas General Store in Manchester.
Panelists Tara Mishra, an outreach coordinator for the Bhutanese community through the Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success; Tika Acharya, the founding Executive Director for the Bhutanese Community of New Hampshire; and Eva Castillo, an organizer with the New Hampshire Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees, answered audience questions and shed some light on the history of Bhutan and the current situation of refugees in our community. As Eva said, “We are able to speak for ourselves. Sometimes we just need help finding the platform.”
Thanks to everyone who organized and attended for being part of Tuesday’s platform. We hope you also found it to be a valuable and enlightening experience and welcome your feedback and any other questions you might have.