Discussions of race and diversity typically rise up when there are tensions, as we’ve seen in St. Cloud in recent weeks.
Bridging cultural differences is cited as the antidote to misunderstanding between immigrant groups and the native people of a community. The question is: How do you make that happen?
Well-meaning people are busy. There aren’t a lot of ready opportunities for people of different cultures to share. So how do you make connections happen in a place where new immigrants are choosing to live?
Minnesota Public Radio News invited four people with real-world experience in taking that first step for an online discussion Friday afternoon. The full text of that conversation is below.
Contributors: Elizabeth Kong, Kao Choua Vue, Mayuli Bales, Chukwunyere Ugochukwu