Northwest Passages Book Club 'Finding Refuge' - Victorya Rouse in conversation with Shawn Vestal
As immigration has catapulted into the current discourse, this poignant collection emphasizes the USA's rich tradition of welcoming people from all over the world.
From her classroom in Spokane, Rouse teaches immigrants from all over the world how to speak English. She asks her students to write their “coming to America stories,” in which they narrate, in English, their journey to the United States. This anthology offers a selection of those essays, which Rouse herself has collected and edited from current and former students whose experience of America starts in Spokane.
Shawn Vestal leads the conversation with Rouse about her book and what she has learned about the Spokane refugee experience. Rouse also serves on the board of directors for Refugee Connections of Spokane, an organization that serves refugee and immigrant communities and advocates for refugee and immigrant rights