(Locator: Baton Rouge, LA)
She fled on a boat and settled an ocean away. Tuyet Tran (TWIT TRAN)
left war-torn Vietnam 27 years ago for a better life in the United
States. But, she hasn’t forgotten her past.
The Rev. Tuyet Tran/United Methodist Pastor: “We love to teach and
explain for them some very, very important culture. They need to keep
Tran is now a United Methodist pastor heading a ministry for Vietnamese
families in Michigan.
(Singing in Vietnamese)
And twice a year, she holds camps for Vietnamese children at Broadmoor
United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Diana Nguyen/Student: “It makes me feel kind of special. Because not a
lot of people know about Vietnam.”
Tram Nguyen/Student: “It is very important, because I did not learn very
much about it when I was back in Vietnam.”
At camp, the children learn more about their culture, and study
Vietnamese as a second language.
Charlie Nguyen/Student: “One is ‘chao,’ and it means ‘hello.’”
Bichthy Betty Nguyen/Camp Instructor: “We hope that they can communicate
with their grandparents and their parents a little bit better, and also
love who they are.”
Charlie Nguyen/Student: “Vanilla ice cream, in motion.”
Participants also learn how to cook, and make ice cream the
old-fashioned way … an exercise that builds teamwork.
The Rev. Amy Mercer/Broadmoor United Methodist Church: “All of the
stresses and strains that come with being newly-immigrated to the United
States. Anything that we can do is a help.”
Camp organizers say by learning more about their culture, these children
learn more about themselves … and their future.
Volunteers from Broadmoor United Methodist Church also teach
classes for Vietnamese adults. They can learn “English as a Second
Language” and study to become U.S. citizens. For more information, log
http://broadmoor-umc.org or call 225-924-6269.