Local author discusses her refugee saga at upcoming author talk in Fraser
For Sky-Hi News
The Fraser Valley is in line to be the setting for an author talk and book-signing event that converges the current crises in Ukraine, the plight of the victims of war and the affirmation of a Vietnamese refugee in the United States.
Mountain Shire Books and Gifts and Fraser Valley Distilling will host an author talk and book signing with Colorado and Winter Park-based author Nhi Aronheim at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 10 at Fraser Valley Distilling in Fraser.
Her widely acclaimed book, “Soles of a Survivor,” is a memoir about her experience as a refugee from Vietnam who found a welcoming experience in the United States where she experienced humanity, an embrace of diversity and an affirmation of the American dream.
Nhi Aronheim lives in Denver and part-time in Winter Park.
Tickets for the event cost $10 and all ticket sales proceeds will go to UNICEF and all drink sales will go toward the World Center Kitchen, entities the work to assist in helping the plights of refugees.
“The book is not just a survival story,” Aronheim said. “It’s about what it’s like for a child to be a refugee and escape the horror of Vietnam and then to discover in the United States the humanity, tolerance and love this country offered me.”
“I came to this country with nothing,” she said. And yet now her life is fulfilled, happy and prosperous, all because of the “humanity, love and acceptance of diversity” that is a vibrant part of what’s great about the United States, she said.
She was accepted into the home of a loving Christian family in the South in her teens, despite her Vietnamese heritage. And later in life she married into a Jewish family, reflecting the values of diversity in the United States.
“So many people these days are quarrelling in the United States over racism and party divisions when actually in America there is lots of humanity and kindness and an acceptance of diversity,” she said.
Her plight as a refugee and positive experience in the United States is particularly apropos at this time in light of the current refugee crisis as a result of the Ukraine War and the plight of Afghan refugees.
The United States has announced that it will accept 100,000 refugees from the Ukrainian war and Colorado has accepted 3,000 Afghans who fled that country after the fall of U.S. backed regime following the take-over by the Taliban.
Aronheim’s book has been endorsed by UNICEF USA for its message about hope and affirmation in the midst of a worldwide refugee crisis.
“The global community is experiencing the worst refugee crisis in history,” said Michael J. Nyenhuis in a testimonial for the book. Nyenhuis is the president and CEO of UNICEF. “For too many of us, the reality refugees face seems far away and hard to imagine. That’s one reason Nhi Aronheim’s compelling new book is so helpful right now.”
Tickets for the event can be purchased at Mountain Shire Books and Gifts in Winter Park in Cooper Creek Square or the day of the event Fraser Valley Distilling.
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