Topic: Refugee experiences after moving to the US
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Altman, Tess. “Engaging Refugee Narratives.” Anthropology Today, vol. 33, no. 5, 2017, pp. 32–32, https://rai.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/1467-8322.12383.
This piece from Anthropology Today provides an overview of a conference called “Engaging refugee narratives: Perspectives from academia and the arts” which occurred in the UK in 2017. The purpose of the conference was to try to unite art, academia, and refugee narratives through digital and artistic storytelling to humanize the storytellers. Attendees were encouraged to try their hands at linking art and storytelling through interactive workshops, from drawing cartoons to acting out scenarios to sewing. This piece provides valuable examples of how refugees and those telling their stories are incorporating drawings, photography, social media, and poetry into their storytelling in attempts to better unite narrators with their audiences.
Bezette, Noel C. An Ethnographic Study of a Refugee Family in the Initial Stages of Resettlement in a Major City in the United States.2010. University of Houston, PhD Dissertation. ProQuest, https://search.proquest.com/docview/837356340/abstract/55F34D4B882C4EB6PQ/1.
In this dissertation from the University of Houston, Noël Bezette conducted ethnographical research of a Burmese refugee family resettling in Houston, Texas. Bezette interviewed the refugee family, personnel at various refugee support agencies, government officials, and school staff to gather information about the resettlement process and to determine which issues occur most frequently during it. Some of the main issues she highlights are misinformation and miscommunication between resettlement agencies, overworked and undertrained caseworkers, cultural differences, and depression and anxiety in the refugee community. She also lists her interview questions in Appendix A which has already assisted us as we are developing our interview questions. Although the dissertation was written in 2010, the methods, interview questions, and key findings remain relevant for the purposes of our project.
Brown, Anastasia, and Todd Scribner. “Unfulfilled Promises, Future Possibilities: The Refugee Resettlement System in the United States.” Journal on Migration and Human Security, vol. 2, no. 2, 2014, pp. 101-120, https://search.proquest.com/docview/1685004440/B3ACC6A23D2A43FFPQ/1?accountid=10427.
This article provides a brief history of refugee resettlement in the US from World War II until now, documenting the shift in refugee resettlement from a purely federal project to a cooperation between public and private sectors as it is today. The authors, Anastasia Brown and Todd Scribner, argue that the presence of refugees is beneficial to the communities they settle in, citing refugees’ many contributions to the economy of Cleveland Ohio as an example (110). They critique the current resettlement process, however, as it fails to provide many refugee families sufficient stability. Brown and Scribner suggest certain improvements to ease the transition to the US, from providing connections with potential employers to more in-depth English language classes to sharing medical documents with different resettlement initiatives. The article was published in 2014 in Journal on Migration and Human Security, an open access, peer-reviewed, policy-focused publication.
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