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December 30, 2008

Coming to America

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Mawi Asgedom Mawi Asgedom immigrated to the United States from Sudan after living in a refugee camp for four years. He says before coming to the States, his family lived in a small hut made of straw and mud, surrounded by thousands of other refugees. Although those years in the camp were difficult, his father always found a way to make people laugh. As the family adjusted to life in the American suburb they moved to, however, Mawi says he eventually watched his father's resiliency fade into the background.

Mawi tells Dick Gordon about the funny and embarrassing moments of the family's immigration, and how his view of his father changed.

Also: A translator talks about her tough job.

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