Friday Feature: I Learn America (2013)

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Sing Pi, Burmese Chin refugee, as pictured on the I Learn American website

“In America, nearly one in four children is an immigrant or was born to immigrant parents.  Our classrooms are meeting a growing influx of students who speak little to no English, who are unfamiliar with American culture, and, in some cases, who lack formal education. The fate of these young immigrants is at the core of America’s continually emerging identity.”

I Learn America has premiered at a Colorado high school and at the DOCNYC film festival where I saw it on Sunday.  One of the five new immigrant students featured in the film is Sing Pi, a Burmese Chin refugee resettled in 2009 by the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

All of the stories featured in this film illustrate various aspects of our client’s experiences.  A quote from Sing in the film gives the refugee perspective on learning English. He said, “I’m tired of learning new languages.”  Since starting his journey toward resettlement in the US, he has learned “Burmese, Malaysian, Indonesian and now English” on top of his native Chin dialect.

I haven’t been able to get a schedule of future screenings, but everyone should definitely watch for the chance to see this film.  You can watch a trailer and learn more at their website.

(Every Friday we highlight one entertainment option related to our clients or some aspect of our work to help you celebrate the weekend and possibly recommend to employers and other community supporters in the following week.)

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