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International/Intercultural Education

International/Intercultural Education coordinates educational programs and events across the Metropolitan Community College campuses to commemorate nationally recognized ethnic and cultural holidays. Most programs are free and open to the public. Suggestions for programming should be sent to bvelazquez@mccneb.edu.

Study Abroad programs and international initiatives for the college are also managed by this office. Click on the Education Abroad tab below for more information or contact bvelazquez@mccneb.edu.

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Video & Discussion: Tyrus

Video Stream discussion led by Karen Tom, producer & director



TYRUS is a feature-length documentary film that tells the unlikely story of 104-year old Chinese American artist Tyrus Wong, and how he overcame poverty and racism to become a celebrated modernist painter, Hollywood sketch artist, and 'Disney Legend' for his groundbreaking work on the classic animated film,
Bambi.
 
Pamela Tom is a documentary and narrative director and producer. Her work explores themes of identity and the intersection of Asian aesthetics and American culture. Tom served as the Director of Diversity at Film Independent.

Monday, May 7
12:05-1:50 pm
Elkhorn Valley Campus, Room 114
829 North 204th Street   
Elkhorn NE  68022
 


Born to Travel: From China’s Yangzi River to American Heartland


Maorong Jiang, PhD, Director, Asian World Center, Associate Professor, Political Science and International Relations, Creighton University
 
Dr. Jiang’s parents were boat people, so he was born and grew up in China’s Yangzi River.  He describes his teenage years to be like a Water Nomad, free and wild, floating in the Grand Canal and the Yangzi River. Nature, fish, beach, rock, mountain and night light of the remote cities were most familiar to him. This long and isolated life as a boat boy laid a solid foundation for his personality which helps him to survive setbacks, sufferings and hardship. He recalls internal suffering after living on land and getting stuck between good and bad choices. Jiang believes that longing for nature becomes a healing and fulfilling uplifting spiritual experience. The American Heartland has become his home as it is the closet place to the nature, where people are simple and loving.

Monday, May 7
2:45-3:45 pm
Fort Omaha Campus
Bldg 10, Room 110
5300 North 30th Street
Omaha NE  68111

Book discussion: The Refugees written by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Book discussion led by Meghan Tran, Vietnamese Friendship Association of Omaha

The 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner returns with a beautifully crafted collection that explores the netherworld of Vietnamese refugees, highlighting the aspirations of those who leave one country for another, and the relationships and desires for self-fulfillment that define our lives.
Viet Thanh Nguyen gives voice to lives led between two worlds, the adopted homeland and the country of birth. The diverse stories are a captivating testament to the dreams and hardships of immigration.

Wednesday, May 9
3-3:50 pm
Elkhorn Valley Campus, Room 114
829 North 204th Street   
Elkhorn NE  68022
 

Karen Community Overview

By Ester Paw, President, Karen Women
Karen people were one of several ethnic groups involved in decades-long civil strife with the government of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. About 4,000 Karen refugees live in metropolitan Omaha. Join Ester Paw to learn about the Karen community and strategies for helping refugees and immigrants from Burma build to sustain a high quality of life and to achieve self-sufficiency.

Wednesday, May 9
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 10, Room 110
5300 North 30th Street
Omaha NE  68111

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Barbara Velázquez, Coordinator

International/Intercultural Education
bvelazquez@mccneb.edu
531-MCC-2253
402-403-0660 (Fax)

Theresa Foley, Assistant
International/Intercultural Education
tfoley@mccneb.edu
531-MCC-2266
402-403-0660 (Fax)


P.O. Box 3777
Omaha, NE
68103-0777