While I was researching The Good Braider, I met many teens and elders, but I met a lot of children, too. They were experiencing lives brand new to them in American cities. Then, when I was visiting Kakuma refugee camp on the Kenyan/South Sudanese border, I saw a […]
South Sudanese-American writer Nyuol Lueth Tong is editor of this new short story collection, There Is a New Country: New Fiction from the New Nation of South Sudan published by McSweeneys. Nyuol Lueth Tong is attending Duke University on a Reginaldo Howard Memorial Scholarship. He also runs a nonprofit, SELFSudan.
Ms. Punwani’s 8th grade students have studied the detention of children crossing the border into Texas, displacement of refugees, and investigative journalism to explore issues of District of Columbia schools. An Open Book Foundation is a nonprofit literacy organization with a mission “to promote literacy among disadvantaged […]
Today, English language learners at the Manchester Adult Learning Center in New Hampshire celebrated their year of study with a culture fair. I want to begin with a young father, a member of South Sudan’s Dinka tribe, who performed a traditional dance of the Dinkas at […]
The New York Times has compiled a chronology and stories-to-date on the current fighting in South Sudan. Today the Times reports that gunmen fired into a United Nations base in South Sudan, one of the UN bases where 65,000 civilians have fled for protection. One half million people […]
Curious City has created a brand new Reader’s Guide to The Good Braider for the I‘m Your Neighbor book club happening in Portland, Maine this summer. For the pdf of the Reader’s Guide, click here. The Guide and the series of discussions invites readers to reflect not only […]
I’M YOUR NEIGHBOR book club celebrating Maine’s new-arrival communities launches at the Portland Public Library
Portland, Maine celebrates nine books set in Maine’s “new arrival” communities with a 2013 city-wide read. Writers include South Sudanese memoirist, Aruna Kenyi in The Telling’s Room’s anthology I REMEMBER WARM RAIN. High school students who are named by the NAACP as Martin Luther King Jr. Fellows introduced each […]