Immigration Stories Presented in Conjunction with One Book Siouxland’s “A Man Called Ove”

Siouxland Libraries, in conjunction with its 2018 One Book Siouxland selection, A Man Called Ove by Swedish author Fredrik Bachman, is hosting community conversations to expand themes in the book.

Immigration is a major storyline in the book. Readers are invited to hear Sioux Falls teens’ powerful stories about life in their homelands and immigration to South Dakota. Immigration Stories: A New Life in South Dakota will be presented on Saturday, April 7, 2018, 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Siouxland Libraries Ronning Branch, 3100 East 49th Street, 367-8140.

The speakers, all young immigrants to Sioux Falls, include:

  • Oo Med, whose parents fled Burma because of war, was born in a refugee camp in Thailand. She will graduate in June from Lincoln High School.
  • Elsa Gambi is a sophomore at Lincoln High School and was born in Ethiopia. Her favorite subject is science; her hobbies are basketball and dancing.
  • Amani Boas was born in Tanzania. He will graduate in June from Lincoln High School, where he was a member of its 2017 State Champion soccer team.
  • Natalie Silva-Rodriguez was born in Puerto Rico. She’ll talk about her experiences of returning to Puerto Rico for Quinceanera (her 15th birthday celebration) with her family.
  • Kristyne Duffy is volunteer coordinator at the Center for New Americans, Lutheran Social Services.

Michael Chang, a Lincoln High School senior, will serve as moderator. He received a 2017 micro-grant from South Dakota Faith in Public Life in 2017 to organize storytelling events for refugees and immigrants.

The program is appropriate for families and individuals of all ages.

If an ADA accommodation is needed, please contact the Human Relations Office at 605‑367‑8745 (voice), 605-367-7039 (TTY), or at least 72 hours before the event.

For more information, please call Siouxland Libraries’ Ronning Branch at 367-8140 or visit


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