On a sunny festive day in June of 2011 at the Portage Lakes State Park over 60 Bhutanese elders gathered to share stories, food, and a good time. They talked, recited poems, told stories, sang, danced, ate, and just had fun.
Madu Phuyel told an interviewer that “our king threw us out of the country, and then the government of Nepal didn’t care for us. We didn’t have freedom. The best part of living in the United States is freedom. When I was in my home I thought I was alone, but by seeing all these people I feel like I am still with my family and friends, who I can speak with.”
One lady said "We were from different places before we came to Akron. We can’t drive to meet, but due to this picnic we meet with people who we didn’t know before and get to know them."
Everyone was glad and thankful to the BCAA for sponsoring the picnic where they could see each other, meet new people, and express their feelings.
Selected activities of BCAA members are chronicled in this blog by Terry Kuhn.