Dau Nguyen: Using radio to tell essential stories to his community

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Once upon a time there was a very rich man. He had everything money could buy—houses, clothing, gold and silver. But he was never happy. The more he bought, the sadder he became. One day, he put all his valuables in a bag and left. He wandered through the mountains, asking whomever he met where >

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Hospitals translate with push of a button

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By Allison Shirk Kristen McFarland rolls a stand with an orange flat-screen monitor into her office at the hospital. She turns it on, presses the “push to call” button at the bottom of the touch screen and waits while the machine dials an operator. Seconds later, a woman appears on the screen, introducing herself as

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South Sudanese woman worked to end isolation


By Shelby Wade From the moment she steps up to the podium in her traditional royal blue South Sudanese lawo, Christine Ross is all smiles. Then, for a moment, the smile disappears as Ross begins her introductory remarks for Omaha’s International Women’s Day event. “When refugees came here, they did not hear nor see any

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Tax help available for Lincoln’s new Americans

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By Cara Wilwerding Tax season is stressful. Stressful for accountants and other tax-preparers. Stressful for lifelong U.S. citizens used to the changing tax code and the complicated forms. And maybe especially stressful for those new to the country. But a handful of organizations tried to make this nerve-wracking task a little easier. Groups at public

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Newcomers can end up lost in translation


By Matthew Masin Amor. Láska. Upendo. Sevgi. No matter what language you use to express it, love means the same thing. But there are plenty of things we say that don’t translate so easily, words whose meaning can change between languages and cultures, muddling messages and impairing communication. Courtney Hillebrecht, an international relations professor at

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Still time to see Spring Art Showcase

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The New Americans Spring Art Showcase, hosted by the Nebraska Mosaic project, is open to the public throughout the month of April at the Lux Center for the Arts. The exhibition features painting, drawing, and fabric arts from immigrants and refugees now living in Lincoln. Assad Komi, the feature artist for the show, is originally […]

March 26, 2014 at 6:38 pm


We’re about land, and a little mystery

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By Matthew Masin This is a story about figuring out who I am. Where I came from and what my ancestors left behind. I don’t have any grandparents alive to share these stories with me. My mother handed me a creased brown file folder with crisp newspaper clippings, sandwich bags filled with faded photographs and […]

February 9, 2014 at 1:34 pm

Our Stories

An evening of ‘Different Drums’

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Songs and rhythms from several cultures represented in Nebraska will fill the MoJava Cafe and Roasting Company at 2649 N. 48th Street in Lincoln’s University Place from 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday, when the Nebraska Folklife Network presents “Different Drums: Beats From Nebraska Cultures.” The drum, arguably one of the oldest and most widely used […]

April 12, 2014 at 4:39 pm

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