|Friday, April 18, 2014|
|Nashville more than 'black and white and country music'|
By Tony Gonzalez|
He had already learned English, but understanding the Southern accent — that was the hard part for Somchay Manivong.
The locals thought he sounded funny, too.
He arrived in Murfreesboro in 1989 with an accent of his own,
inflected with tones of the Laotian and French languages he learned
growing up, before war forced his family to flee Laos in southeast Asia.
was in that voice that Manivong recorded his personal story on Dec. 10,
both preserving it for his family and joining in a project with a much
wider reach. The stories of 39 immigrants, recorded recently by the
Nashville Public Library and StoryCorps, take on the mission of telling the rest of the nation about the diverse, cosmopolitan city Nashville has become.
"To the outside world, Nashville is still black and white and country music," said Andrea Blackman, library special collections manager.
Read the full story at Tennessean.com.
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