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Familiar food turns a refuge into a home

“Padam and Purna were forced from their homeland in Bhutan and trapped in camps in Nepal for decades before being resettled in an alien land: Clarkston, Georgia. The refugees have found some stability, but still feel frustrated and uprooted, which leads to domestic violence and suicide in the refugee community. Padam and Purna realized that familiar food is the first step to feeling at home. They have opened a food store and other refugee-run businesses, which offer safe spaces and sources of mutual support for all the Asian refugees in Clarkston, who are united by their experience of trauma.”
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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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History
Economics
Geography
Social Justice Domain
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Literature

The First Coconut Tree

In this pourquoi tale, a mother living on one of the islands in the Pacific Islands, is mystified when she bears a round child with no arms and no legs, but she tenderly raises the child until one day he asks to be buried in the sand, where he can grow (into the first coconut tree) and every part of him can be useful.
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Nancy Bo Flood
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3-5
Subject
Geography
Social Justice Domain
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Literature

Old Joe and the Carpenter: An Appalachian Tale of Building Bridges

Are material possessions more important than friendship? Should you act on the impulse to get back when someone hurts you? Will you let pride get in the way of your friendship? This tale about bridges brings these questions to the fore..
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Pleasant L. DeSpain
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Civics
Geography
Social Justice Domain