REFUGEES IN ATLANTA
 

Atlanta has been a welcoming city for quite an array of refugee groups starting with Vietnamese and Laotian refugees in the late 1970s to Cold War Soviets in the mid-80s to prominent victims of African genocide (Somalia, Sudan, Rwanda) and European ethnic cleansing (Bosnia, Kosovo) in the 1990s.  In recent years, Atlanta has witnessed the arrival of large waves of new ethnic groups without existing communities in the US.  I have had the chance in my work to interact with many of these groups getting established in America and learn much about their histories and cultures.