America’s proud tradition of generosity to immigrants

 

America’s proud tradition of generosity to immigrants (OPINION) | OregonLive.com By Som Nath Subedi

In 2008, I stepped off a Northwest airliner in rainy Portland. I came as a refugee from the Kingdom of Bhutan. I came to America with a big IOM (International Organization for Migration) plastic bag and $10 dollars in small bills and change in my pants pocket. From all my studies, I believed Americans are fat from so much good food, are rich from so many great jobs, and that …

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Delegate Som Subedi Helps Organize Thank You to Oregon Governor and Writes Op-Ed

Delegate Som Subedi Helps Organize Thank You to Oregon Governor and Writes Op-Ed

Delegate Som Nath Subedi helped organized a ceremony on February 2nd that brought refugee leaders from diverse communities, including a Syrian family, to the State Capitol to honor Governor Kate Brown and their state legislative assembly delegates for Oregon’s compassionate embrace of refugee families and communities. Refugees representing Oregon’s 50 years of kindness shared their stories from home, refugee camps and resettlement here. Settled Oregonians shared how their successful sponsoring and mentoring New Americans by teaching English, helping families to own homes, fostering self-sufficiency and …

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Som Nath Subedi Adds a Touch of Realism to World Refugee Day

Som Nath Subedi Adds a Touch of Realism to World Refugee Day

June 20th was both the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church and World Refugee Day, where at a joint presentation our Delegate Som Nath Subedi got an opportunity to humanize politicized discussions of the US Resettlement Program. He shared parts of his trials as a refugee making his way to the US from Bhutan, and then the paradoxes of the American Dream he confronted upon arrival.

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Oregon: Som Nath Subedi

State: Oregon

City of Residence: Portland, Oregon

Country of origin: Bhutan

Arrival in the U.S.: 2008

Mr. Som Nath Subedi was one of around 100,000 victims of Bhutan’s “One Nation, One People” policy, which expelled his family from their homeland. He lived in a Nepalese refugee camp for almost two decades before being resettled to Portland, Oregon in 2008 under the US Refugee Resettlement Program. Since his arrival in the US, Mr. Subedi has worked as a refugee case manager, aiding as they become self-sufficient and integrate into Portland’s …

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