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El Otro Lado: Immigration Stories from The Other Side

Civil Rights Heritage Center
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Learn more about local patterns of immigration, as well as viewing artworks by students in La Casa de Amistad's after school programs inspired by their family’s migration experience.

On April 13, we welcome a panel of local individuals, each with their own story of immigration into South Bend.

"El Otro Lado: Immigration Stories from the Other Side" discussion and exhibition is inspired by the St. Joseph County Public Library's One Book/One Michiana selection _The Distance Between Us_ by Reyna Grande. Although Latinx immigration is the primary subject of _The Distance Between Us_, the panel will include voices of additional immigration experiences in South Bend followed by a Q & A session with the audience.

You will also have a chance to explore artworks created by students at La Casa de Amistad inspired by the book. For many children of immigrant families, “El Otro Lado”––the other side––does not refer to the United States, but instead to the lands where their families once lived. Students interviewed their families about these faraway places and imagined how this “other side” might look. They depicted their ancestral homes in the traditional Amate style, an ancient Mesoamerican practice of using paper made from tree bark to visually record a town’s stories. Once banned by Spanish colonists, the resurgence of this craft mirrors the students’ efforts to preserve their own families’ histories.

Join us as we celebrate and share the many ways immigrants have come to call South Bend home.

This free event is made possible through partnership with La Casa de Amistad.