Words in Transit

New England Public Radio and Amherst College’s Copeland Colloquium have collected the personal stories of nearly 30 people from around the world who have made their new home in western New England.

Traversing continents and cultures, the project illuminates the many pathways leading to our small corner of the globe, and explores the shared experience among those seeking a new life in a foreign land.

Now these stories have been gathered together in a beautifully designed book that showcases Beth Reynolds’s photographic portraits of each immigrant. Proceeds from this book go to scholarships for immigrant students at Holyoke Community College.   

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Words in Transit
Beth Reynolds / NEPR

Survival includes two stories from refugees from Burundi and the Congo that escaped violence in their homeland.

Beth Reynolds / NEPR

Vira Douangmany Cage and Sovann-Malis Loeung came to the United States as children from south-east Asia-Vira from Laos and Sovann-Malis from Cambodia. Their traumatic journeys and early experiences in a new land continue to impact their lives today.

Beth Reynolds / NEPR

The story of two Iraqi refugees who were granted political asylum to come to the United States.

Beth Reynolds / NEPR

For many immigrants education is important to their transition and future. In episode 3, Heap Sin, from Cambodia, and Woodlyn Joachim, from Haiti, talk about how teachers and education impacted their lives

Ilan Stavans
Raquel Obregon / NEPR

Ilan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor of Latin American and Latino Cultures at Amherst College, was Tertulia’s guest on November 20, 2016. He spoke about the stories of immigrants presented in the book “Words in Transit” a project with New England Public Radio.

Beth Reynolds / NEPR

Stories of two young people that came from El Salvador as children. They talk about their journeys here and the challenges of being undocumented.

Photos by Beth Reynolds / NEPR

John Voci, Executive Director of Programming and Content at New England Public Radio, introduces Words in Transit, a podcast of personal stories of nearly 30 people from around the world who have made their new home in western New England.

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