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Want to hear some extraordinary stories of resilience and humanity? Tune in to Seeking Refuge for the human stories of refugees and those working to protect them. Our guests talk everything from going to the International Court of Justice to making cross-genre music, from incredible acts of resilience to the everyday things that make them smile. We also talk issues facing refugees such as education, health care, and legal rights, and we learn about the history of refugees and the current world events impacting them.

Seeking Refuge was started by a group of students at the University of South Carolina who want to depoliticize the narrative around the refugee crisis. We focus on bringing you stories from refugees themselves and those on the frontlines of the crisis, giving a platform to the human beings who know the most about the refugee experience.

Our guests come from everywhere. From Columbia, SC to Los Angeles to South Sudan, Seeking Refuge is bringing you the humanity behind the headlines.

Seeking Refuge SRPA Team at the University of South Carolina

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 16 Ratings

Want to hear some extraordinary stories of resilience and humanity? Tune in to Seeking Refuge for the human stories of refugees and those working to protect them. Our guests talk everything from going to the International Court of Justice to making cross-genre music, from incredible acts of resilience to the everyday things that make them smile. We also talk issues facing refugees such as education, health care, and legal rights, and we learn about the history of refugees and the current world events impacting them.

Seeking Refuge was started by a group of students at the University of South Carolina who want to depoliticize the narrative around the refugee crisis. We focus on bringing you stories from refugees themselves and those on the frontlines of the crisis, giving a platform to the human beings who know the most about the refugee experience.

Our guests come from everywhere. From Columbia, SC to Los Angeles to South Sudan, Seeking Refuge is bringing you the humanity behind the headlines.

    Formation of Vietnamese Refugees in Louisiana | News

    Formation of Vietnamese Refugees in Louisiana | News

    Episode Notes
    Welcome to a new News episode of Seeking Refuge! Today, we are talking about the existing Vietnamese Refugee communities that developed in Louisiana, specifically New Orleans, starting in 1975. We also talk about the creation of a self sufficient economy and how these communities have developed educationally, spiritually, and economically throughout the years. The damage done by hurricane Katrina and other environmental issues in the region are another notable subject that describe the development of these communities.

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    If you or someone you know would like to share their personal refugee story, send us an email at seekingrefugepodcast@gmail.com or connect with us on any of these social media platforms:

    https://twitter.com/refugepodcast
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    Our Team:
    Claire Mattes (Head News Writer/Host)
    Rohit Swain (Researcher/Editor)
    Victoria Halsey (Writer)
    Diana Clark
    Esha Hegde
    Patrick Anderson
    Saanvi Somani
    Anusha Ghosh
    Emily Jensen
    Jackie Burnett

    Music:
    Opening Track: Ketsa - Where We Are (http://bit.ly/2nKJWaW)
    Closing Track: Above and Below - Never Forget (http://bit.ly/2nNfw7Q)

    • 3 min
    New American Education in South Carolina: A Discussion with Dr. William McCorkle

    New American Education in South Carolina: A Discussion with Dr. William McCorkle

    Welcome to the first episode of our new season Roots: A Southern Narrative! In today's episode, Esha, our host will be speaking to Dr. Will McCorkle, a friend of the podcast and a professor in the Educational Foundations and Social Studies department at CofC, about New American education in the state of South Carolina! While this episode discusses some of the flaws and realities of New American education within the state, it also touches on how the system as a whole can change in the future.

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    Connect With Us If you or someone you know would like to share their personal refugee story, send us an email at seekingrefugepodcast@gmail.com or connect with us on any of these social media platforms:
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    Our Team:
    Esha Hegde (Editor)
    Jackie Burnett (Co-Host/Producer)
    Claire Mattes Diana Clark Victoria Halsey Rohit Swain Anusha Ghosh Emily Jensen Saanvi Somani Music: Opening Track: Ketsa - Where We Are (http://bit.ly/2nKJWaW)
    Closing Track: Above and Below - Never Forget (http://bit.ly/2nNfw7Q)

    • 46 min
    Introducing Season 7: ROOTS - A Southern Narrative

    Introducing Season 7: ROOTS - A Southern Narrative

    Episode Notes
    Welcome to a new season of Seeking Refuge! In this trailer, Jackie discusses our motivations for this season: addressing stereotypes of how southern states receive refugees and sharing the stories of refugees and the activist groups that have welcomed them.

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    Connect With Us
    If you or someone you know would like to share their personal refugee story, send us an email at seekingrefugepodcast@gmail.com or connect with us on any of these social media platforms:

    https://twitter.com/refugepodcast
    https://instagram.com/seekingrefugepodcast
    https://fb.me/seekingrefugepodcast

    Our Team:
    Anusha Ghosh
    Esha Hegde (Executive producer)
    Emily Jensen
    Claire Mattes
    Diana Clark
    Rohit Swain
    Saanvi Somani
    Victoria Halsey (Editor)
    Jackie Burnett (Host and executive producer)

    • 2 min
    Racism and Refugees

    Racism and Refugees

    Welcome to a new episode of Seeking Refuge! Today, join us as three of our team members, Anusha Ghosh, Esha Hegde, and Emily Jensen, discuss racism and colorism within refugeeism. This discussion explores interpersonal and institutional violence as it relates to individuals seeking refuge around the world, paying particular attention to these issues as they relate to the recent events in Ukraine. They will be playing news clips of reporters talking about Ukrainian refugees in Europe relative to other groups and reacting.

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    Connect With Us
    If you or someone you know would like to share their personal refugee story, send us an email at seekingrefugepodcast@gmail.com or connect with us on any of these social media platforms:

    https://twitter.com/refugepodcast
    https://instagram.com/seekingrefugepodcast
    https://fb.me/seekingrefugepodcast

    Our Team:
    Anusha Ghosh (Host and Co-Producer)
    Esha Hegde (Co-Host)
    Emily Jensen (Co-Host)
    Aidan Thomason (Co-Producer)
    Claire Mattes
    Diana Clark
    Rohit Swain
    Patrick Anderson
    Saanvi Somani
    Victoria Halsey
    Jackie Burnett

    Music:
    Opening Track: Ketsa - Where We Are (http://bit.ly/2nKJWaW)
    Closing Track: Above and Below - Never Forget (http://bit.ly/2nNfw7Q)

    • 31 min
    Update on Displaced Afghans in Afghanistan and the US | News

    Update on Displaced Afghans in Afghanistan and the US | News

    Today we are talking about the evolving state of Afghanistan. We talk about the deteriorating conditions for people still inside the country, including repression of rights, lack of funding for schools, and other humanitarian problems. We also talk about the challenges Afghan evacuees are facing in the United States. Due to the strain on resettlement agencies and the current housing shortage, Afghan refugees are sometimes being left without much support and housed in AirBNBs or hotels.

    If you'd like some next steps to help Afghan refugees, check out this page from Lutheran Services Carolinas (a resettlement agency active in the Carolinas). Here they talk about their food shuttle, and there's more info on their website about other ways to help: https://lscarolinas.net/2021/12/07/lsc-and-inter-faith-food-shuttle-partner-to-help-afghan-refugees-in-triangle-area/

    Liked this episode? Let us know! Subscribe and leave us a review below! (It really helps new people find our show)

    Connect With Us
    If you or someone you know would like to share their personal refugee story, send us an email at seekingrefugepodcast@gmail.com or connect with us on any of these social media platforms:

    https://twitter.com/refugepodcast
    https://instagram.com/seekingrefugepodcast
    https://fb.me/seekingrefugepodcast

    Our Team:
    Claire Mattes (Head News Writer)
    Diana Clark (Host/Editor)
    Aidan Thomason (Producer)
    Rohit Swain (Researcher)
    Esha Hegde
    Patrick Anderson
    Saanvi Somani
    Anusha Ghosh
    Emily Jensen
    Victoria Halsey
    Jackie Burnett

    Music:
    Opening Track: Ketsa - Where We Are (http://bit.ly/2nKJWaW)
    Closing Track: Above and Below - Never Forget (http://bit.ly/2nNfw7Q)

    • 3 min
    A Discussion of Hostile Terrain With John Doering-White

    A Discussion of Hostile Terrain With John Doering-White

    Episode Notes
    Welcome to a new episode of Seeking Refuge! Today, we're joined by Dr. John Doering White, an esteemed member of the University of South Carolina's Department of Social Work on his collaborations with the Undocumented Migration Project.

    Aidan, today's host delves into Dr. Doering-White's work on Border South, a documentary focusing on the stories of Mexican migrants, and Hostile Terrain-94 a participatory art project taking the community by storm!

    Liked this episode? Let us know! Subscribe and leave us a review below! (It really helps new people find our show)
    Connect With Us
    If you or someone you know would like to share their personal refugee story, send us an email at seekingrefugepodcast@gmail.com or connect with us on any of these social media platforms:
    https://twitter.com/refugepodcast
    https://instagram.com/seekingrefugepodcast
    https://fb.me/seekingrefugepodcast
    Our Team:
    Claire Mattes
    Diana Clark
    Aidan Thomason
    Esha Hegde
    Rohit Swain
    Patrick Anderson
    Saanvi Somani
    Anusha Ghosh
    Emily Jensen
    Victoria Halsey
    Music:
    Opening Track: Ketsa - Where We Are (http://bit.ly/2nKJWaW)
    Closing Track: Above and Below - Never Forget (http://bit.ly/2nNfw7Q)

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Vaishnavi@OSU ,

Educational and Informative!

The hosts to a great job of shedding light on the struggles that refugees face that are often bypassed by an everyday person. The hosts also interview people who are very knowledgeable on the situation of refugees and provide insightful conversations. Overall, great job in professionalism and presenting insights on refugees.

Neighborhood28 ,

Learned so much about refugees!

Wow, I barely had an understanding of refugees before listening to Seeking Refuge. Dr. Grace did a wonderful job of providing background to refugees and their struggles in the resettlement process. I will say that I don’t think structural violence is the right terminology for the uncertainty that immigrants and refugees face. I’m not sure that being nervous to go to a hospital as an illegal immigrant is the same as having violence committed against you. Also what a fascinating story from Mr. Geere, he is very articulate and I think he will do great things for the Columbia area. Lastly the gentleman who introduced the host of the podcast has an incredibly sexy voice! Would love to hear more from him.