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Race to Refuge: A simulation to the rigorous process for refugee entry into the U.S.

Race to Refuge: A simulation to the rigorous process for refugee entry into the U.S.

Imran Hasnat

May 19, 2017

Play this simulation to learn the arduous process people wanting to flee their countries and become refugees.

Red Dirt Refuge: How refugees are making Oklahoma their home

Red Dirt Refuge: How refugees are making Oklahoma their home

Gaylord Documentary Team

May 18, 2017

When people think about places in the United States that are impacted by refugees, Oklahoma probably doesn’t cross their minds. Oklahoma first saw an influx of refugees during the Vietnam war when thousands of Vietnamese families came to the United States escaping violence. Since the 1970s, Vietnamese r...

Marshallese Islanders: Contributing to Life in Enid

Pastor Alfred Alfred stands with a Marshallese woman during the United Church of Christ Sunday service on April 2, where men and women approach the two with taped dollar bills to place around their necks. The tradition is symbolic for Alfred's reputation within the community.

Bryce McElhaney

May 18, 2017

Cars park along E Cherokee St. outside the Marshallese United Church of Christ in Enid before the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service. Children are playing in front of the white building as three bells ring to signify the service has begun. Inside, dozens of metal folding chairs are lined up behind pews, which...

Refugees, the Vietnam War, a 8,655 Mile Journey: The Makings of a Lee’s Sandwich

Customers eat in the dining area at Lee’s Sandwiches. Employees at Lee’s bake their bread fresh each morning. By Garrett Davis

Haley Dobson

May 18, 2017

Minh Nguyen, a Vietnamese man no more than 5 foot 5 inches tall, quietly stands in the middle of his restaurant in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, wiping down dirty tables. He calmly and carefully aligns each table in accordance to the one behind it. This type of order in his life was unthinkable 37 years ago,...

Luongs Were Drivers for OKC Asian District Creation

Super Cao Nguyen in Oklahoma City. Photo by Abby Green

Meghan Barton

May 18, 2017

Residents of Oklahoma City know to get the best pho or exotic fish in town: head to 23rd and Classen. The area is known as the Asian District, but few know the story of how the moniker became official. The family owners of Super Cao Nguyen, the largest international market in the city, dreamed up the ide...

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