When I first moved to Nashville I was surprised to learn how diverse this city is, especially for a southern one. I wasn’t expecting to meet refugees from countries all over the world in this southern city. According to InsideVandy.com and State Department Statistics, Nashville was ranked 28th in the nation for refugee resettlement, and that was in early 2009 before we saw a new wave of Bhutanese refugees.
These people from Bhutan are the newest mass addition to the Nashville family, and I think that we should learn more about them, which is why I’m writing about this event. It’s called Next Door Neighbors: Meet the People of Bhutan that Call Nashville Home and it will be held in Vanderbilt’s Scarritt-Bennett Center tonight, July 13th from 7-9pm.
This event will give Nashvillians a better idea of what life is like for the Bhutanese refugees by showing excerpts from the documentary Next Door Neighbors: Bhutanese, which offers a glimpse of the daily life of this culture as the refugees adjust to Nashville. Then get an even better understanding as people from this culture offer their thoughts and answer questions in a follow-up panel discussion.
This should be a really good, informative event. If you care to learn more about one of the many refugee groups in Nashville then you should seriously consider checking out this event. RSVP is requested, and you can do that here.