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Somalis in Maine: Crossing Cultural Currents
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Lewiston, a mill town of about thirty-six thousand people, is the second-largest city in Maine. It is also home to some three thousand Somali refugees. After initially being resettled in larger cities elsewhere, Somalis began to arrive in Lewiston by the dozens, then the hundreds, after hearing stories of Maine’s attractions through family networks. Today, cross-cultural ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by North Atlantic Books
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A very well put together volume featuring many different authors and themes related to Maine's Somali community. I will admit to skimming some of the more academic essays, but overall I found both the more formal essays and the personal narratives interspersed throughout the book to be engaging and enlightening. This was a great starting point to learn a bit about the history and complexity of Somalis in Maine and hear their voices.
It was a decent read dispelling many of the myths that are heard spewed from the mouth's of Lewiston's white trash population. It gives people a glimpse into the background and lives of the group of new immigrants. I think this should me a mandatory read for all high school students in the area.