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Three Tennesseans who moved to the state from another country share what surprised them about the food, homes, and customs they encountered. They identify a range of bafflements from waving to fellow drivers on country roads to the presence of pet food in grocery stores or eating dinner at 5:30 p.m. The three discuss how over time, things that once seemed novel started feeling like part of home.

Nashville Public Television’s Emmy® Award winning Next Door Neighbors series looks at Nashville’s status as a new destination city for refugees and immigrants, and explores the rich diversity of people now calling Nashville home. Across the United States, mid-sized cities like Nashville, TN are experiencing unprecedented growth in their international populations. Together these communities are redefining the traditional international city on a smaller local scale. As our new neighbors rebuild their lives in Nashville, their experiences, contributions and conflicts impact the city, but they are challenged by isolation and barriers unknown to many Nashvillians. How Nashville addresses its changing demographic will be important for the future of similar communities across the country.


Culture Shocks
NPT's Peace of Mind Documentary
A Time to Heal
Music City, USA NPT
Taste of Home NPT
Belonging NPT
Between Two Worlds NPT
Becoming American NPT
New Beginnings NPT
Community NPT
Egyptians NPT
Sudanese NPT
Bhutanese NPT
Hablamos Espanol NPT
Somali NPT
Little Kurdistan

Next Door Neighbors was made possible by the support of

The Nissan Foundation
The HCA Healthcare Foundation