in the shadows of the slaughterhouse http://kbia.org en Field Notes: Immigrant children share dreams beyond the slaughterhouse http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-immigrant-children-share-dreams-beyond-slaughterhouse <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s&nbsp;</em><a href="http://kbia.org/programs/field-notes" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Field Notes</a><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font- Fri, 08 Nov 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 43444 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: Immigrant children share dreams beyond the slaughterhouse Learning English key for slaughterhouse workers http://kbia.org/post/learning-english-key-slaughterhouse-workers <p>Three days a week, First Baptist Church in Noel, Mo., becomes a school for about 100 immigrants and refugees who work at the Tyson poultry plant. English language and citizenship classes are held in four small rooms in a building behind the church. One of the youngest students here, Soe Soe, is an 18-year-old Burmese refugee who debones chicken at the plant from 4:30 PM until 2 or 3 each morning.</p><p>“I really don’t like it. I’d like to go to school and learn more English. But I have problems, like nobody working in my house, nobody paying for rent,” he said.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 22:19:20 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 42996 at http://kbia.org Learning English key for slaughterhouse workers Largest slaughterhouses mostly in rural communities http://kbia.org/post/largest-slaughterhouses-mostly-rural-communities <p>The largest slaughterhouses in the US were once located in major metropolitan areas. But they have relocated. Now many remote rural communities are struggling to serve the needs of new immigrant and refugee populations who are the backbone of America's meatpacking plants.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 21:43:34 +0000 Harvest Public Media 42924 at http://kbia.org Largest slaughterhouses mostly in rural communities Dreaming beyond the slaughterhouse http://kbia.org/post/dreaming-beyond-slaughterhouse <p><strong><i>In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse, part 3</i></strong><i>: Since large </i><i>meatpacking</i><i> plants left big cities like Kansas City and Chicago, rural Midwestern towns have been dealing with a huge influx of immigrants and refugees and their children. Many of these kids are hoping to achieve the American Dream by moving out of the shadows and into a bright future.</i></p><p>Not yet 9 a.m. on a warm fall day, freshmen Binh Hua and My Nguyen are in protective goggles, long hair pulled back, ready for their chemistry class in a Garden City Community College lab.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 14:57:59 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson & Peggy Lowe 42953 at http://kbia.org Dreaming beyond the slaughterhouse Garden City: Tending to a cultural crossroads in Kansas http://kbia.org/post/garden-city-tending-cultural-crossroads-kansas <p><em><strong>In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse, part 2</strong>: Immigrant communities have sprung up around the meatpacking plant in Garden City, Kan., and while change hasn't been easy, city leaders have built a strong grassroots network supporting and embracing the town’s cultural evolution and its youngest citizens.</em></p><p>GARDEN CITY, Kan. — Sister Janice Thome’s office is a 2003 brown Ford Focus with a backseat piled high with paperwork and a prayer book.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 11:13:59 +0000 Peggy Lowe 42867 at http://kbia.org Garden City: Tending to a cultural crossroads in Kansas Noel, Mo.: Schools build safety net for immigrant children http://kbia.org/post/noel-mo-schools-build-safety-net-immigrant-children <p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse, part 1: </strong>Attracted to stable jobs in the </span>meatpacking<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;industry, communities of immigrants are springing up across rural America. Many small, rural towns, however, struggle to provide much more than instruction.</span></em></p><p>It’s almost 9 a.m., and Noel Primary School teacher Erin McPherson is helping a group of Spanish-speaking students complete English language exercises. But it’s tough going.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 15:54:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 42822 at http://kbia.org Noel, Mo.: Schools build safety net for immigrant children