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Adapted from the film Welcome to Shelbyville
directed and produced by Kim A. Snyder

New in America: Thadah’s Story

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Thadah has a chirpy and bubbly personality, and is always surrounded by giggly friends. Suddenly, her parents decided to move to the States and she has to leave her home and all her friends behind. When she arrives to the United States she realizes that there is a language barrier that is restricting her from being her. Now she must discover herself, once again.

Created by Thadah Hser
Seattle Refugee Youth Project

Ms. Luci Continues to Serve her Community

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Ms. Luci continues to be inspired by her work in the community and collaborating with the others from the cast of Welcome to Shelbyville. Ms. Beverly, for example, is now volunteering and helping her out at the office. “She is like me in that she wants to get the job done and then go on to the next project,” she said about her.


Ms. Luci watched the May 24 PBS broadcast at her home and was joined by their Catholic Priest, who was amazed by what she has been doing. For example, Ms. Luci cares about supporting projects that build community in productive ways and an upcoming workshop that a local congregation is putting together about Islam during the month of Lent is just that. She plans to film the event and hopes it will help residents get more familiar with the religion.

“I think Kim Snyder did a great job on that documentary… a lot of great people have come into our lives because of it.”

Reflecting on the new Shelbyville Multimedia website, she explained how excited she is about how things have turned out. “I didn’t realize this film would have an impact like this. I really feel that it’s happening nationwide, what we’re doing here in Shelbyville – and that’s a good thing.” Ms. Luci and others in town who are working hard to create a more welcoming community do not get any funding for the work that they do, but that doesn’t stop her. “It’s the people who are willing to go out there and do the work that really matter.”

New in America: My Art History

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Bishnu is a talented young woman who moves from a refugee camp in Nepal to Seattle and misses the camaraderie and encouragement of friends in the refugee camp until her sister helps her get art supplies in her new country.

Created by Bishnu Magar
Seattle Refugee Youth Project

Featured Recipe: A Family Favorite at Miss Beverly&#39s

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

We recently caught up with Miss Beverly from the cast of Welcome to Shelbyville. She told us that every Easter, she and her family gather to celebrate one another, togetherness and survival. “You had to make it one way or another,“ she observed, “so we give thanks for the folks who made the food, the farmers, and – of course – God. Despite so many hardships, we are here together and we survived. So we pray together as a family… and my family is rather diverse.”

Beverly’s family is truly a vibrant representation of life in America today. Beverly’s sister-in-law is Mexican. She has an Arab grandson, a Puerto Rican granddaughter and white grandchildren. Her step-brother is Chinese and his wife is Mexican. One cousin has a Puerto Rican grandfather, an African American mother and a Chinese father. According to Beverly, “Every Easter we do a baked ham, two roasted chickens, corn on cob (tons of it!) turnip greens and pinto beans, macaroni and cheese (of course), biscuits and sliced onions and tomatoes. Oh, and a good ole batch of fresh tea. That’s how we like to do it.” But the centerpiece of the meal, Beverly emphasized, is something her family has been preparing for generations: ‘Po Man’s Steak’.

“If you got some canned salmon in the house, you got a meal! And everyone loves it.” The dish is particularly powerful for the family because it was the last meal her father’s mother prepared before she died. “So we come together and we pray together as a family… and don’t even tell me if there is some Po Man’s Steak still left over in the morning. That’s a good morning.”

Beverly’s ‘Po Man’s Steak’ Recipe

Double “Q” Wild Alaska Pink Salmon, 3 cans
3 eggs
3 cups of saltine crackers
1 whole onion
6 tablespoons of flour
3 tablespoons of corn meal
½ cup of extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper (to taste)

Step 1 – Dice the onion
Step 2 – Crumble the crackers
Step 3 – Drain the salmon and take out the bones
Step 4 – Mix all ingredients (except the olive oil) together in a bowl
Step 5 – Pat out the mixture into little palm sized patties (make sure it holds together)
Step 6 – Heat the frying pan with olive oil until it is sizzling
Step 7 – Cook for 5 minutes on either side or until the crust is slightly browned.
Step 8 – Set the patties on a paper towel to drain the oil out a bit
Step 9 – Enjoy!