Magic Valley Refugee Day Returns For 4th Year


By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) This is the fourth annual Refugee Day sponsored by the College of Southern Idaho. It's become a very big deal in Twin Falls.

I first met Hawng Lum Tangbau a year and a half ago, when he was celebrating his first Christmas in America. He came from Burma, Or Myanmar, halfway around the world in Malaysia, east of India. He's become a big fan of CSI's annual Refugee Day in the Twin Falls City Park.

Tangbau says, "Oh, my favorite things were food and culture, traditions, and their customs, and their dance. Food's also really amazing, yes. I have never eaten this type of food, the taste."

This year, the CSI Refugee Center brought in 300 refugees. All seven groups will be cooking. Five of them will have cultural presentations at the bandshell.

Ben King from the CSI Refugee Center says, "For this year, we have the Bhutanese, the Burmese, Iraqis, Iranians, Eritreans, Sudanese, and Burundians."

The most recent refugees are from the country of Sudan in Africa. The day is a chance for the new residents to say thank you to their community, and for the rest of us to find out more about them.

Tangbau says, "We need to show our culture, our traditional foods, and all the things that we have. It's very important to know the other people."

Bring your appetite, a blanket, or a chair. And join us here at CSI's fourth annual Magic Valley Refugee Day in the Twin Falls City Park.

June 21, 2013.

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