In this edition of "Voices of Minnesota," we pay a visit to two of the state's foremost artists: actor and Jungle Theater founder Bain Boehlke and Ragamala Dance Theater founder Ranee Ramaswamy. They talk about growing up, one in Warroad and the other in India.
Five-thousand years of Hmong history unfold in an exhibit opening today at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. "The Hmong Migration" is a series of fifty oil paintings by St. Paul artist Cy Thao. Thao is also a DFL state representative, and only the second Hmong state legislator in the country.
In recent years, Minnesotans have placed increased emphasis on multiculturalism. From Vietnamese cooking classes to Somali musical offerings, Cinco de Mayo festivities to Chinese New Year celebrations, the state serves up a smorgasbord of culture.
Several members of a team that recently traveled to a Hmong refugee camp in Thailand will present their findings at a public meeting tonight in St. Paul. The team assessed the conditions of the camp and the needs of the Hmong refugees who live there.
It's unlikely that very many people in Somalia have read the novels of Nuruddin Farah, partly because Somalia remains largely an oral society, but also because Farah was exiled from the country after writing about African dictatorships in a trilogy of novels.
Hour 2 of Midday: A Voices of Minnesota broadcast with two remarkable women. Sabina Zimering, a Polish Jew, survived the Holocaust during World War II while literally working under the noses of the Gestapo.
A new play at the Children's Theatre Company portrays the tension and occasional conflict between Somali immigrants and African Americans. "Snapshot Silhouette" examines this cultural clash through the eyes of two 12-year-old girls, one Somali, one African American.
Minnesota boasts about a dozen Spanish language radio programs. Those programs serve the nearly 30,000 Minnesota Latinos who, according to recent census figures, say they don't speak English well or at all. But not many Spanish language programs broadcast in rural towns.
Jerry Battle, the central character in Chang-rae Lee's new novel "Aloft," loves to fly alone. It's the way Jerry gets away from his problems, and he's got a lot of those. He's nearing 60, and neither his dad, nor his grown children are doing well. His long-term girlfriend left him.