This week I talk with high school senior Eman, who moved to the US less than a year ago. We talk about how she dealt with leaving her friends and family behind in Sudan and again in Egypt, where she lived for five years. She talks about the uncertainty of being at the mercy of resettlement organizations, and her desire not to be ‘otherized’ in her new home. Eman’s confidence and resilience, which led to her being elected class president only a few months after arriving in this country, are truly inspiring.
This week, in the second half of my conversation with Colby College anthropology professor Catherine Bestemen, we talk about the immense challenges that Somali refugees face upon their arrival, and how they are helped through the extraordinary volunteer efforts of their fellow immigrants. We also discuss what the data reveal about whether refugees are a financial burden on the state, and talk about how to address the problem of xenophobia.
In part two of my conversation with gkisedtanamoogk, one of the five commissioners of the Maine State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission, he talks more about the relationship between the government and the Wabanaki tribes. He also describes some of the main concepts of his spiritual worldview, and talks about the central importance of the feminine in Native American culture.
Today I speak with gkisedtanamoogk, one of the five commissioners of the Maine Wabanaki State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He shares his reflections on the process now that the findings have been published, and we also speak about the gap between native peoples’ views and those of mainstream America related to politics, spirituality, and community.
This week our series on hidden feelings continues with jealousy. We’ll hear two stories from people who have experienced jealousy in their professional lives, from the kind of jealousy that makes you feel inferior, to the kind that makes you want to disappear. We explore where it comes from and how to change our relationship to it.