There are a lot of discussions about immigration in the news today, but sometimes it’s difficult to figure out how to teach about immigration in the classroom. We’ve had many teachers ask us to suggest Immigrant Stories that help students learn about immigration in the past and present. The 30 digital stories in this exhibit help answer questions like: What is it like to be a refugee? How do people express their immigrant identities through music, art, and dance? How are families formed and separated through migration? What is it like to be a child of immigrants?
This exhibit features 12 Immigrant Stories by Vietnamese, Hmong, Lao, and Cambodian Minnesotans who migrated to the United States in the years after 1975. They provide unique, first-hand accounts of the wars in Southeast Asia, the difficulty and dangers of life as a refugee, the vast resettlement bureaucracy, and the communities refugees and their families built in the United States.