Two years after the untimely death of Omnath Pokharel on 1 November 2012, Rup Pokharel, fulfilled his brother's dream to have these short stories published, Even though this dream was not to be fulfilled during his lifetime, Rup and editors Amma Raj Joshi and Tara Lal Shrestha have brought that dream to fruition.
Many great musicians, artists, and intellectuals have been more appreciated after their deaths than during their lives. Omnath Pokharel seems destined to such a fate.
He turned disappointment and frustration into eloquent and moving short stories as he captured the feelings of many Lhotshampas (Southern Bhutanese of Nepalese descent) during and after their forced exodus and exile from Bhutan.
This newly published book of thirteen short stories is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the pathos experienced by more than 120,000 exiled Bhutan citizens between 1990 and 2014.
Some of these stories narrate the traumatic condition of the Lhotsampa after the King of Bhutan ordered their forceful evacuation that brought them to the shanties of refugee camps in Eastern Nepal. (p 17)
Other stories depict the pathetic condition of individuals who were uprooted from their soil, livelihoods, and peaceful agrarian lives. Omnath Pokharel evokes human sentiments and feelings without being vindictive or malicious. (p 18)
These narratives are woven with the effects of dislocation of a group of people from their roots and the impacts of a state policy to decimate a class of people. (p 18)
Anyone interested in love, patriotism, and the impact of government on the human condition will find meaning in these stories.
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The Bhutanese Community Association of Akron (BCAA) hosted a showing of the movie Jhola on Sunday, September 28, 2014, in the Akron North High School auditorium. It was a particularly noteworthy day because Krishna Dharabasi, author of the book on which the movie was based, was in attendance (Below Left). He made some remarks to the audience and talked with those in attendance. The program began with recognition of people who have been helpful to Bhutanese refugees in the Akron area. (Below middle and right)
The program continued with dances and speeches, until the movie started.
Kanchi Garima Panta (left) received high critical acclaim for her portrayal of Kanchhi in Jhola. The movie is about the historical Nepali custom, Sati, which requires the wife to throw herself on the burning pyre or be buried alive with her husband when he dies. It tells about this cruel and inhuman practice faced by Hindu women. Author Krishna Dharabasi talked about wanting to raise consciousness about contemporary cases of sexual harassment, violence, and female trafficking -- all of which remain too common.
Many people felt that the best lines in the movie were "Why is it that only a woman has to sacrifice her life when a man dies; why can't men do the same? ... and why is it acceptable for a man to marry for the second time but not the woman?"
Jhola has been selected as the Nepal nomination of Best Foreign Language Film for the Oscar Awards given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Let us celebrate longevity!!!
BCAA's 2014 Elder's Picnic was held at the Munroe Falls Metro Park on an auspictious day filled with sun and warm air. Over 200 people gathered to meet new people and visit with friends. Life in the United States is good and the people here and looking forward to good opportunities for their children and the coming generations. The shelter, tables, lake, grass and company made for a hospitable setting.
Special attention was given to Harka Maya Subba (left) and Harka Bir Tamang (center), who were the oldest woman and man at the picnic
the following pictures were taken at the Munroe Falls Metro Park on September 13, 2014 by Terry Kuhn and Nilam Ghimirey
The last four pictures show drivers and people waiting to go home after the picnic.
Below Left: The Global Village Festival of Greater Akron is an event that brings together people from many different countries and cultures. It takes place at Lock 3 and Lock 4 in Downtown Akron. The Bhutanese Community Association of Akron sponsored an Information Booth, held a session titled "Silhouettes of Bhutan," and held three performances on the main stage at Lock 3.
Below Middle: The BCAA Information Booth provided information about: where Bhutan is located, how the Monarchy's army forced our people out of Bhutan, how we got to the United States, our culture, challenges we face in the United States, and how Bhutanese refugees impact the area. Bishnu Subba, president of BCAA is on the left and Dil Rimal is on the right.
Below Right: About twenty BCAA members participated in a session titled "Silhouettes of Bhutan" in which they shared memories of the exile and why it happened. Bhakta Ghimire told about the forthcoming book "Silhouettes of Bhutan" written by Omnath Pokheral from which the title of this session was taken. Dil Rimal made comments and provided Nepali/English interpreting. Narad Timsino gave a historical overview of Bhutan's governments, and Narad Ghimirey prepared an essay about the exile and his own personal experience throughout the ordeal, starting from when his family was forced out of Bhutan through his current life in Akron.
Below Left: Narad Timsino is explaining how the various governmental actions led to the Neapalese people being exiled from Bhutan. Mr. Timsino is in the center of the picture and Bishnu Subba, BCAA president, is to this left.
Below Middle: Narad Ghimirey is reading from the account he prepared of the several government initiatives to intimidate and threaten the Nepalese citizens of southern Bhutan. Mr. Ghimirey also describes his person experience in the exile to Nepal refugee camps.
Below Right: Everyone felt the cold air and stiff wind of the day. It was cold! Some of the vendors did not show up because of the weather. Note the unused vendor booth behind Kailash..
Below Left: A religious dance was performed by four men on the Lock 3 stage.
Below Middle: This Nepali girl performed a traditional dance
Below Right: The Druk Fusion Band delights listeners into dancing
By participating in the Global Village Festival, the officers of BCAA are trying to help people in the greater Akron community learn about Bhutanese/Nepalese refugees while the refugees learn how things work in the United States.
Pictures for this event were taken by Terry Kuhn, Keith Metropulos, and Kailash Ghimirey.
The General Election Commission of 2014 published the names of candidates who submitted their candidacy for the respective office of BCAA for the up-coming election which was conducted on the 4th of July, 2014. The candidates who won an office are indicated with an asterisk (*).
1. Bishnu Subba *
2. Indira Nepal
3. Puspa lal Gajmer
Note: Puspa's candidacy hasn't been accepted under age criteria for the part of president.
Indira Nepal voluntarily withdrew her candidacy on 25th June 2014.
1. Prakash Biswa
2. Yam Baniya *
3. Janga Poudel
1. Amir Bharati
2. Khadga Bhattarai *
1. Narad Ghimire *
1. Kharga Baniya *
1. Prakash Neopany *
Note: In the offices with on one candidate, the applicant was selected by acclimation.
1. Dhan Rimal
2. Kharga Chuwan
Note: According to the by laws of BCAA, trustees are elected, but only two candidates have filed their candidacy for several posts, so they, too, were selected by acclimation.
Election Commission Chair
Household pests are unwanted insects, animals, plants, or fungi that are detrimental or annoying to human activity. Pests may bite, destroy food, spread disease, damage property, or make people's lives more difficult. Pests can include bed bugs, cockroaches, mice and rats, or mold and mildew. This blog page will help you identify and suggest ways to eradicate some of these common household pests. These pests have been a problem for some of our members, particularly those who rent older houses. This blog page will help you identify and get rid of these pests.
Bed bugs are small, flat insects that feed on the blood of sleeping people and animals. They are reddish-brown in color, wingless, and range from 1 to 7 millimeters in length. They can live several months without a blood meal.
Where do bed bugs live?
Infestations of these insects usually occur around or near the areas where people sleep or spend a significant period of time, like easy chairs. Bed bugs are found in new and old homes, apartments, shelters, rooming houses, hotels, nursing homes, hospitals, cruise ships, buses, trains, and dorm rooms. As far as we know, bed bugs do not spread infectious diseases; however, some people are more sensitive to their bits and develop itchy, red welts. Scratching the bites can lead to infection.
Bed bugs are experts at hiding. They hide during the day in places such as seams of mattresses, box springs, bed frames, headboards, dresser tables, cracks or crevices, behind wallpaper, and under any clutter or objects around a bed. Their small flat bodies allow them to fit into the smallest spaces where they can remain in place for long periods of time, even without a blood meal. Bed bugs can travel over 100 feet in one night, but they tend to live within 8 feet of where people sleep.
Bed bugs are usually transported from place to place as people travel. They travel in the seams and folds of luggage, overnight bags, folded clothes, bedding, furniture, and anywhere else they can hide. Most people do not realize they can transport stow-away bed bugs as they travel.
During the bed bug life cycle, a female can lay 200 to 400 eggs depending on food supply and temperature. Bed bugs do not fly, but can walk across floors, walls, and other surfaces.
How can you find and identify bed bugs?
One of the easiest ways to identify a bed bug infestation is by bite marks that appear on the face, neck, arms, hands, and any other part of the body. These bite marks may take as long as 14 days to develop in some people so it is important to look for other clues when determining if bedbugs have infested an area such as skeletons of dead bed bugs, bugs in the mattresses and sheets, a sweet musty odor, or rusty-colored blood spots from their blood-filled fecal material.
How do you identify a bed bug bite?
When bed bugs bite, they inject an anesthetic and an anticoagulant that prevents a person from feeling the bite. Because bites usually occur while people are sleeping, most people do not realize they have been bitten until marks appear. The bite marks are similar to that of a mosquito or flea – a slightly swollen and red area that may itch and be irritating.
Who is at risk of getting bed bugs?
Anyone who visits an infested area is at risk of getting bed bugs. People who travel frequently or who share living and sleeping quarters with anyone who has bed bugs are susceptible.
How can bed bugs be eliminated?
1 Use zippered mattress encasements to keep bed bugs from infesting mattresses.
2 Use a vacuum cleaner on beds and furniture.
3 Put clothes in leaf bags when taking to a laundromat.
4 Use high heat in the clothes dryer because high heat will destroy bed bugs and eggs.
5 Inspect your entire house at least once a year for signs of bed bugs.
6 Use diatomaceous earth or a bed bug spray from Home Depot.
7 Inspect used furniture before bringing it into your house.
8 Hire a professional exterminator (can be several hundred dollors)
Bed Bug Facts
1 Bed bugs are not the result of poor hygiene or poor housekeeping – bed bugs can affect anyone, anywhere,
2 Bed bugs do not eat bait – bed bugs feed only on blood.
3 Bed bugs are not transferred by sexual contact and do not transfer AIDS, herpes or scabies – bed bugs have not been associated with any disease transmission.
4 Bed bugs do not live on their host – bed bugs feed on blood from their host, but do not live on the host.
5 Bed bugs do not live in human hair and are not similar to body and pubic lice – bed bugs are not lice.
Who is responsible for exterminating bed bugs and other rodents?
The Akron Code of Ordinances (section 150.12) states who is responsible for bed bug removal. Here are the code statements on rodent extermination: Every occupant of a dwelling containing a single dwelling unit shall be responsible for the extermination of any insects, rodents, or other pests therein or on the premises and every occupant of a dwelling unit in a dwelling containing more than one dwelling unit shall be responsible for the extermination whenever his dwelling unit is the only one infested.
Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this section, whenever infestation is caused by failure of the owner to maintain a dwelling in a rat-proof or reasonably insect-proof condition, extermination shall be the responsibility of the owner.
Whenever infestation exists in two or more of the dwelling units in any dwelling, or in the common or public parts of any dwelling containing two or more dwelling units, extermination thereof shall be the responsibility of the owner.
For more information see: http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/bedbugs/
Cockroaches are one of the most common household pest insects. They feed on human and pet food, and can leave an offensive odor. They can also transport microbes on their body surfaces, including some that are potentially dangerous to humans. Cockroaches come out at night and they hide in dark, warm areas, especially narrow spaces where surfaces touch them on both sides. They congregate in corners and generally travel along the edges of walls or other surfaces. The American Cockroach, pictured to the left, is about 1.2 inches long and this one is a female with an egg case where the red arrow is pointing.
Cockroaches live in moist areas such as in restaurants, hospitals, warehouses, offices, buildings and homes around food-handling areas. Leaky plumbing also attracts roaches.
Cockroaches can be carried into homes in bags, boxes, and luggage. Corrugated cardboard boxes are a particularly good source of infestations.
If you suspect cockroaches have been brought into your home, set out sticky traps to catch them. Place the sticky traps so they are tight against edges, e.g., where walls meet floors, and in cupboards, around refrigerators, stoves, sinks, and toilets.
Vacuuming can remove a significant number of cockroaches and egg cases.
Four of the more common cockroaches pictured at the left include the American, Oriental, German, and Brown-banded.
How to Eliminate Cockroaches
1 Store food in insect-proof containers such as glass jars or resealable plastic containers.
2 Keep garbage and trash in containers with tight-fitting lids and liners.
3 Remove trash, newspapers, boxes and other roach hiding places.
3 Fix faucet and pipe leaks and correct other sources of free moisture. Increase ventilation where condensation is a problem like in bathrooms and showers.
4 Vacuum cracks and crevices to remove food and debris.
5 Clean up spilled food or beverages immediately.
Managing Cockroach Infestations
1 Store food in insect-proof containers such as glass jars or resealable plastic containers.
2 Keep garbage and trash in containers with tight-fitting lids and use liners. Remove trash, newspapers, rags, boxes and other items that provide hiding places for roaches.
3 Eliminate plumbing leaks and correct other sources of free moisture. Increase ventilation where condensation is a problem like in bathrooms with showers or kitchens.
4 Vacuum cracks and crevices to remove food and debris. Clean up spilled food or beverages immediately.
5 Purchase sticky tape and traps such as Roach Motel or Roach Trap.
6 Supplement traps with boric acid, a type of inorganic dust. Common trade names include Roach Powder and Roach Prufe. Place boric acid in isolated places, such as behind and under refrigerators, stoves, and sinks. Do NOT apply boric acid where children and pets can reach it.
7 Check any furniture, bags, or boxes before bringing it into your home. If possible check at night with a good flashlight.
Mice and Rats
Mice and rats share people's food and homes. They carry diseases and parasites wherever they go. They use plumbing voids as well as circulation vents to travel throughout a home/building. They spread their contaminated nesting material, feces, urine, and body hairs. Diseases from mice and rats can be spread to people through bite wounds, contaminated food or water, or inhaling germs that may be present in their urine or feces droppings and circulated into the air. They also carry ticks, mites, and fleas that can get on people. Rats and mice use their sharp incisor teeth to gnaw wood, break into food, and bite predators. The picture shows a rat and a mouse and the size of snap trap appropriate for each.
The rat weighs about 8 to 16 ounces and is 9 to 11 inches long; a mouse weighs about one-half an ounce and is 3 to 4 inches long. The rat's tail is 7 to 9 inches while the mouse's tail is 3 to 4 inches. The rat's head is blunt, heavy and chunky looking and the mouse's head is small, triangular, and pointed.
Rat feces droppings are about 5/8 inch long and curved; mouse feces droppings are about 1/8 inch long and are pointed at both ends. A mouse with access to food can defecate every 10 minutes.
As you might surmise from their size differences, mice do not kill rats but rats do kill and eat mice. A mouse can get through a hole as small as half the diameter of a dime. A rat can crawl through holes the size of a quarter, tread water for three days, and land unharmed after a five-story fall.
Trapping Rats and Mice
Rats and mice do not like bright lights and tend to come out at night. They are good at running, jumping, climbing, and swimming. Mice feed primarily on plant matter, and they will eat their own feces to acquire nutrients produced by bacteria in their intestines. Rats prefer fresh food, but will eat many things such as pet food, dog feces, garbage and plants; if food is scarce, the strongest rats may eat the weakest and young.
Trapping Rats and Mice
Snap traps are an inexpensive and effective way to control rats and mice. Snap traps can be purchased at hardware stores and many grocery stores. Rats can be very cautious and it may take several days before they approach a trap. Mice are less cautions and you're likely to catch one or more the first night you set traps.
1 Place snap traps in areas where you see droppings, nests, or chewed materials. Don't place traps in an area where a pet or young child has access.
2 Add a small amount of peanut butter onto the bait pan trigger.
3 After setting the snap trap, place the bait end of the trap along a wall so it forms a "T" with the wall.
4 Using gloves, dispose of trapped rats and mice, and wash your hands after handling the trap.
Moisture can cause slimy black spots on your shower curtain, fuzzy white patches on your basement floor, or a slick orange film that forms on your kitchen drain. This is likely to be mold, which are small organisms found almost everywhere. They can be black, white, orange, green, or purple. Outdoors, molds play an important role in nature, breaking down dead leaves, plants, and trees. Molds thrive on moisture and reproduce by means of tiny lightweight spores that travel through the air. We are all exposed to mold every day, and in small amounts molds are harmless. But when they live on a damp spot in your house, they can start to grow. Mold growing on a surface can be released into the air where they can be inhaled. If you are sensitive to mold and inhale a large number of spores, you could experience health problems. Whether or not you are allergic to molds, mold exposure can irritate your eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs. Molds are superficial, often woolly, downy, or furry growths of unspecified color, typically on food, and suggest decay.
Mold can grow on virtually anything around the house -- from wood, carpet, and food to insulation systems in the walls. Mold typically grows where there is excessive moisture, like in a damp cabinet under the sink or around a leaky window. Mold usually forms by water or mildew entering through vents and heating and cooling systems and then latching onto the walls of rooms with little or no ventilation.
Mold can be black or green and is often the result of a larger infestation. Mold can appear almost fuzzy -- especially when it is found on food -- or even slimy.
Mildew is a thin, superficial, usually whitish growth consisting of minute fungal filaments. It occurs on living plants or organic matter such as wood, paper or leather, clothing, paper, or other substances left damp in a house. Sometimes it is a term used to mean mold growth.
Mildew is a surface fungi that can be identified as a patch of gray or even white fungus that is lying on the surface of a moist area. Mildew is easily treated with a store bought cleaner and a scrubbing brush.
Mold and mildew need two things to grow: moisture and nutrients (food). You can control mold and mildew by controlling moisture. If you have mold, you must clean up the mold and also eliminate the sources of moisture, such as water leaks from plumbing or exterior walls or roofs.
If you see mold or if there is an earthy or musty smell, you should assume a mold problem exists. Look for
1 Visible mold growth that might be white, gray, brown, black, yellow, or green. It often appears as discoloration, staining, or a fuzzy growth on the surface of building materials or furnishings.
2 Search areas with noticeable musty mold odors.
3 Look for signs of excess moisture or water damage. Look for water leaks, standing water, water stains, condensation problems. Are there any watermarks or discoloration on walls, ceilings, carpet, woodwork, or other building materials?
4 Search behind and underneath carpets, pads, wallpaper, vinyl flooring, sink cabinets, furniture, or stored items (especially things placed near outside walls or on cold floors). You may have to remove material to examine a cavity between walls or inside walls.
Common indoor moisture sources include: flooding, condensation, roof and plumbing leaks, firewood stored indoors, humidifier use, inadequate venting of kitchen and bathroom humidity, failure to vent clothes dryer exhaust to the outdoors, drying clothes indoors in a clothes line.
Mold can grow wherever there is moisture
Is it mold or is it mildew? It may be hard to tell them apart. The important thing is to discriminate the discoloration and know that something is wrong. When mold is growing on food, the roots can be hard to see and they can run deep. Also, invisible bacteria can grow along with the mold. Discard the food, don't try to scrape it away.
Killing Mold with Bleach
Bleach produces harsh fumes so make sure the area is well ventilated before you begin. Wear rubber gloves during the process to protect your hands.
1 Mold can be killed with bleach by using a ration of one cup of bleach per gallon of water (1 part bleach to 10 parts water).
2 Apply the solution to non-porous surfaces with mold growth either by using a spray bottle or by using a bucket and a sponge or cloth.
3 You don't need to rinse the surface afterwards (unless it is used for food preparation or a surface which may be touched by small children or pets) as the bleach will inhibit mold growing in the future.
1 Bleach cannot completely kill mold growing in porous materials. The chlorine in bleach cannot penetrate into porous surfaces such as drywall or wood. Once the water component of the bleach is absorbed into the materials, it just provides more moisture for the mold to feed on.
2 Some of the mold on the surface might be killed but the roots of the mold are left intact and the mold soon returns, making necessary a cycle of repeated bleaching.
3 Bleach can damage the materials its used on as it is a harsh, corrosive chemical. Chlorine bleach also gives off harsh fumes and it even produces toxic gas when mixed with ammonia.
4 Use bleach only on non-porous surfaces.
Killing Mold with Vinegar
Use white distilled vinegar, which you can buy cheaply from the grocery store.
1 Pour some vinegar into a spray bottle without watering it down.
2 Spray the vinegar onto the moldy surface and let it sit for an hour.
3 Wipe clean the area with water and allow the surface to dry. Any smell from the vinegar should clear within a few hours.
4 If you want to use vinegar to prevent mold growing on surfaces just spray vinegar on the surface and leave it. Repeat this every few days to ensure the surface will stay odor-free. You can mop tiled bathroom floor or other hard non-porous floors with vinegar if you are worried about mold growing on them.
Killing Mold with Baking Soda
Baking Soda is a natural and safe household cleaner. You can use it to kill mold in your home. Baking soda is mild and harmless to your family and pets. Besides killing mold, baking soda also deodorizes and using it will also get rid of the smell mold leaves in your home. Baking soda also absorbs moisture to help keep mold away. Vinegar is often used along with baking soda when cleaning up mold because vinegar kills different species of mold.
1 Add one quarter of a tablespoon of baking soda to a spray bottle of water.
2 Shake the bottle to dissolve the baking soda into the water.
3 Spray the mold area with the baking soda and water solution.
4 Use a sponge or scrubbing brush to make sure to remove all the mold form the surface.
5 Once you've scrubbed away the mold, rinse the surface with water to remove any residual mold on the surface.
6 Spray the area with the spray bottle again and let the surface dry. This will kill any left over mold and prevent it from returning.
Note: You can use a cloth instead of a spray bottle to clean mold with baking soda:
1 Soak a cloth in water and then add one quarter of a tablespoon of taking soda to it.
2 Use the cloth on the moldy area to remove the mold and the baking soda and water solution.
Killing Mold with Tea Tree Oil
Although it is expensive, tea tree oil is the most effective natural mold killing solution. It is harmless to people and pets, it is antifungal, antibacterial, and capable of killing all types of molds. Tea tree oil can be purchased for about $10 for a small bottle from most natural food stores. Make sure the tea tree oil you buy is derived from the Melaleuca Alternifolia, which is the technical name for tea tree.
1 Add water to a spray bottle, noting how may cups it takes to fill the bottle.
2 Add 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil for every cup of water it took to fill the bottle.
3 Spray the solution on the moldy surface.
4 There is no need to rinse since leaving the tea tree oil on the surface will kill the mold and prevent it from returning.
Note: Instead of using a spray bottle, you can use a rag or cloth to apply the tea tree solution.
1 Create a solution of 1 teaspoon tea tree oil for each cup of water
2 Use a cloth to apply to solution to the moldy surface, and scrub the mold away
3 You do not need to rinse the surface afterward.
4 Tea tree oil has a strong smell but it will go away after some time.
5 You can keep and use the solution for a long time afterward as tea tree oil does not lose its potency quickly.
San Bahadur Tamang is an artist who currently resides with his parents in Akron, Ohio. They resettled from Nepal in 2012. San was born in Bhutan, but had to leave when the Bhutan army forced his parents to leave Bhutan in four days, angrily telling them "Bhutan is not your country!" "Get out!" ... "Or else!"
San was just three years old when he, his family, and over 100,000 other Lhotshompas (people of southern Bhutan) were exiled. He turned to painting as a way to find beauty and bring happiness into the world.
Money was very scare in Beldangi 1 refugee camp in Nepal where he grew up. He worked in a nearby village to earn money for expensive paints and brushes to pursue his love. HIs persistance was a measure of the high value he placed on his artistic pursuit.
He could not bring the work he had produced in the refugee camp, but he has produced a number of paintings in the time he has been in the United States, particularly considering the fact that he works as a full-time packer for Gojo Industries in Akron.
The following paintings were done on leaves from the ornamental Bodhi Tree, the tree under which Siddaertha Gautame (Budda) sat when he found enlightenment. This tree is also known as the Bo Tree or the Peepal Tree.
People from many different counties and different cultures were gathered at Locks 3 and 4 in Downtown Akron for the Global Village Festival on a sunny, but chilly day, September 14, 2013. It was a day to experience the tastes, music, arts, languages, dances, games, and traditions from around the globe that contribute to the mosaic of Akron's diverse community.
The Bhutanese/Nepalese refugee community was represented at the festival with two information booths and several dancers. One booth provided information about the Bhutanese Community Association of Akron. BCAA president Bishnu Subba, secretary Prakash Biswa, and treasurer Tuk Rai gave out brochures about the Bhutanese refugees in Akron and talked with people seeking information about their experiences. The second booth presented woven bags made by refugee women who work with Liz Kuhn. Liz helps the weavers to create and market their handiwork. Liz, assisted by president Bishnu Subba, demonstrated traditional backstrap weaving. This weaving operation is known as "Woven In Exile."
Several young Bhutanese teens did some Nepali dances, Kirat manglang k lang was presented by nine people in Kirati jewelries, and two men from Cleveland did the maruni dance with one of the men dressed as a woman. A large group of spectators gathered to watch these talented dancers.
In an effort to facilitate and promote games, sports, arts, entertainment, and recreational activities for community youth, the BCAA sponsored an Interstate Knockout Soccer Tournament at Jennings Community Learning Center on Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16, 2013 in Akron, Ohio.
The BCAA hoped to rekindle friendships developed in the 18+ years these families spent in refugee camps in Nepal after they were forced out of Bhutan in an ethnic cleansing. BCAA officers also looked at this event as an opportunity to build new relationships with Akron residents.
Participating teams drove from Akron OH (4 teams), Baltimore MD, Buffalo NY, Burlington VT, Cincinnati OH (2 teams), Cleveland OH, Columbus OH, Dallas TX, Erie PA, Grand Rapids MI (team disqualified for inappropriate conduct), Hampton VA, Harrisburg PA, Illinois, Kentucky (2 teams), Lansing MI, Lancaster PA, Charlotte NC, Philadelphia PA, Pittsburg PA, Richmond VA, and Rochester NY. That was a lot of driving for a lot of fun and commaradary. It was an impressive roster of participating teams!
John Valle (left), Director of Neighborhood Assistance for the City of Akron, addressed the players, coaches, and spectators at the Opening Ceremony. He said that he was pleased to see so many new Asian residents in Akron, and that he wanted each and every one to feel at home in Akron. His office is particuularly interested in making the quality of life better for all of the refugee communities in North Hill. He concluded his remarks by saying that he hopes this year's tournament will become an annual event and get bigger and better every year. In the picture at the right, Mr. Valle is being interviewed by Nilam Ghimirey.
After lining up, the ball was kicked into action,and the play began. Avid photographers took pictures of the action, the announcers, and the crowd. Ms Nugyen (below, left in left picture), a teacher at North High school came to support her students because many of them participate in the Peace Zone Sporting Club teams. Ms Win and Nilam Ghimirey are standing beside one of the "Keep Akron Beautiful" containers that were donated for the event. T
This tournament provided an opportunity for families to visit while they saw how well their kids play. Below you see how spectators surrounded the field and two of the winning teams from Pittsburgh PA and Charlotte NC celebrate in front of the camera.
Dancers performed at halftime, many supporters like Michael Kane and Dil Rimal made sure the event was successful, and announcers kept the action moving.
Many people made significant contributions to this event. They included Madhav Bhatta, Sudan Rai, Amber Subba, Bishnu Subba, Naresh Subba Laoti, Prakash Biswa, Prem Chowan, Sudan Rai, San Man Subba, Krishna Subba, Sagina Rai, Pabitra Nepal, Bishnu Maya Basnet, Dhan Maya Tamang, Mongali Subba, Captain Sylvia Trundle, Chief James Nice, Debra Foulk, Michael Critchfield, Todd Wiley, Mike Vinson, Michael Byun, Elaine Woloshyn, Diane Johnson, the Hindu Sewa Samittee, Bawa Tamang, Bharat Cista, Srijang and Gopal Subba, Dil Kumar Ghalley, Goman Magar, Janga Bir Lepche, Amrit Regmi, Rich Desrosiers, Michael Beaven, and many others, Thank you all!!!