New American Stories

Series produced by Erika Lorentzsen

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Immigrants and New Americans talk about dating and how it's similar or different from American dating. How nice is nice in another culture? Immigrants look for a place of worship. A refugee's journey.

These are stories about immigrant experiences. Looking at dating and sexual relations that differ from culture to culture, these pieces cross traditions and culture. Some pieces document a refugee's journey from Bhutan and another from Somalia. Another story focuses on a woman from the Philippines as a mail order bride to Jamestown, North Dakota.


10 Pieces

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Filipina woman meets husband on Christian dating site and moves to small town North Dakota. She says their relationship is more than mail order bri...

  • Added: Jun 14, 2013
  • Length: 07:09
Caption: Edwin Aybar from Puerto Rico comments on being nice, Credit: Erika Lorentzsen
Being nice can vary from culture to culture. One European immigrant finds midwestern nice to be fake. In other cultures, nice may be simpleminded.

  • Added: Jun 14, 2013
  • Length: 06:56
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In a country with a high divorce rate, immigrants have a different view of marriage.

  • Added: Jun 14, 2013
  • Length: 03:30
Caption: Dirk Ockhardt from Germany talks about European dating, Credit: Erika Lorentzsen
A look at different dating rituals around the world. From Europeans getting married later in life like in Chicago, NY and other places, to a Muslim...

  • Added: Jun 14, 2013
  • Length: 04:52
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A young boy's father is killed in Somalia, as he makes his way to a camp in Kenya. After a long journey, now in the US, he doesn't feel discriminat...

  • Added: Jun 14, 2013
  • Length: 08:51
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Dating can be different for Muslims, Hindus and Latinos. Even once they've moved to America, some of the traditions stay alive, and some die.

  • Added: Jun 14, 2013
  • Length: 04:23
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An immigrant adjusting to new life in a new country has many challenges including how the community accepts them. Immigrants may feel they are on t...

  • Added: Jun 14, 2013
  • Length: 05:58
Caption: Chali Khanal a refugee from Bhutan, Credit: Erika Lorentzsen
The Nepalese Bhutanese people are basically landless after having fled Bhutan. One immigrant tells the story of going from refugee to the US.

  • Added: Jun 14, 2013
  • Length: 06:17
Caption: Dirk Ockhardt from Germany discusses jokes, Credit: Erika Lorentzsen
Maintaining a sense of humor in another language can be difficult. Some misunderstandings can be humorous. Still, understanding the nuances of joke...

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  • Added: Jun 14, 2013
  • Length: 05:10
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At weddings, there are different rituals, from breaking glass to receiving a necklace, depending on the culture. Here’s a day at a Bhutanese weddin...

  • Added: Jun 14, 2013
  • Length: 01:56