Preconference Events

Hear from Harrisburg: Magnificent Healing, A Reader’s Theater by the Pennsylvania Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Network

Magnificent Healing focuses on health issues, presenting the personal stories of four refugee/immigrant women who have faced challenges in the medical world. Told with empathy and humor, as if the women are sitting around the kitchen table, the stories highlight issues of interpretation, cultural expectations, and differing attitudes toward health and healing. One woman is forced to rely on her estranged husband as the interpreter for her visits to the doctor. Another must contend with the physical effects and cultural misunderstandings of female circumcisionIn between these stories, snippets of other experiences are shared by the “chorus.”

The readers from Magnificent Healing—Zohreh Ahktar, Betty Itunga, Nelsy Acosta, and Ho-Thanh Nguyen—are part of the Pennsylvania Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Network. Photo courtesy of Amy Skillman.

Nelsy Acosta, Zohreh Akhtar, Betty Itunga, Ho-Thanh Nguyen represented PAIRWN, in a discussion moderated by Amy Skillman. As an added bonus, you can visit the Susquehanna Folk Music Society’s virtual exhibit about Ho-Thanh Nguyen to learn about her family’s Pho foodways tradition.