By Kelton Sears for The Spectator
November 19, 2009
students in the Xavier Hall frantically ran around stirring pots of butternut
squash ravioli and stacking freshly baked cookies and pastries. They were pushed
for time before their guests arrived, but their guests didn’t mind.
students—members of June Johnson Bube’s English class—welcomed nine Bhutanese
refugees, resettled in Kent, for dinner and a discussion to talk about their
resettlement process. Johnson Bube’s class, which is part of the Xavier Global
Learning Community, focuses on international issues with the theme of “Global
“The purpose of this event is twofold,” explained Johnson
Bube. “One is to welcome these people […] and the other one is for us to learn
about their culture.”
With music and balloons, the atmosphere was
festive, but the visitors shared stories that represent the ongoing struggle
Bhutanese citizens face in their own country.
Refugee Gopi Dhaurali sat
on the arm of a sofa in Xavier’s lounge, perched in the middle of a circle of
attentive, listening students.
“The government used force,” he began,
explaining the consequences one could face for not conforming to the will of the
Bhutanese government. “They could arrest us, have us killed, rape the women […]
We didn’t know when we’d die, when we’d be killed.”
The guests that
visited Sunday are all ethnically Nepalese, although they identify as Bhutanese
and call that country home.
Photo by Candace ShankelSee
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