What We’ve Got Here is A Failure to Communicate – VietNOLA – It’s New Orleans
Think back if you can, to a time when you were a kid and your parents were called to school to talk about your progress in the classroom, or about disciplinary problems on the playground. And try and imagine what it would have been like if your parents didn’t speak English and the school admin couldn’t properly communicate with them due to the language barrier, and so they had to call in one of your bilingual classmates to act as an interpreter. And imagine the things discussed in the meeting were sensitive and deeply personal it would be profoundly embarrassing, wouldn’t it It’s no secret that since Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has seen a boom in the population of immigrants from Latin America many of whom came to New Orleans and played a big role in the recovery of the City. It’s not that the Parish schools ever did a particularly good job of dedicating the scarce resources it had to better facilitate communication with the Vietnamese and other immigrant populations that were already here but with the influx of “New” New Orleanians since Katrina, these challenges have only grown. VAYLA is one organization in New Orleans that is working to fix this problem they’ve filed a complaint with the US Department of Justice to address language barriers in the schools. They ll be our guests this week to talk about it on VietNOLA.