Participants at one of the Burma Center's English as a second language (ESL) classes
courtesy of The Burma Center

Burmese Refugees Struggle With Mental Health Issues

In the United States, the risk of suicide is higher for refugees. It’s even higher if you’re a refugee from Burma. The trauma of fleeing a country in conflict can often turn into mental illness, even years later. But the Western concept of mental health doesn’t exist in Burmese culture. Words like “depression” often don’t translate. As a result, some Burmese refugees aren’t getting the care they need.

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Catalina Gonzalez

LHI Live: Solo Cellist+Songwriter Jordan Hamilton

Jordan Hamilton is a performer who took his training in classical cello and transformed himself into a soloist who sings, raps, writes, and performs electro-acoustic arrangements on the cello. Originally from Maryland, he is a member of the Last Gasp Collective , and recently completed his master's degree in music performance from Western Michigan University. WMUK contributor Craig Freeman invited him to play his eclectic solo set live in the Takeda Studio and talk about his uncommon path to self-expression.

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Participants at one of the Burma Center's English as a second language (ESL) classes
courtesy of The Burma Center

In the United States, the risk of suicide is higher for refugees. It’s even higher if you’re a refugee from Burma. The trauma of fleeing a country in conflict can often turn into mental illness, even years later. But the Western concept of mental health doesn’t exist in Burmese culture. Words like “depression” often don’t translate. As a result, some Burmese refugees aren’t getting the care they need. 


The Attorney General plans to file a civil lawsuit against a company responsible for two ruptured power lines beneath the Straits of Mackinac. The Michigan Secretary of State asks a judge to dismiss Abdul El-Sayed's request to be declared eligible for the ballot saying there is "no actual controversy" over his status. WMU junior Jordan Kurth if the MAC West Division softball pitcher of the week. 

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(MPRN-Lansing) State lawmakers have a pile of bills aimed at curbing sexual assault. But some in the medical profession are concerned the legislation might go too far. 

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(MPRN-Lansing) Inmates at a mid-Michigan prison are on lockdown after gang related fighting. Multiple fights broke out over the course of several days. 

Clerk/Register's Office, Kalamazoo County

Kalamazoo County's local ID task force says residents can apply for the card starting May 3. The identification program is intended to help people who cannot get a state ID. 

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Health officials in Kalamazoo County are calling for more regulation of some water wells. Right now, non-drinking wells that draw less than 70 gallons per minute do not need a permit. The state does set rules for wells that pull more than that volume.

Michael Markowski

On Thursday night, the Western Michigan University Symphonic Band will finish its season with the world premiere of a new piece by special guest composer Michael Markowski, and the audience-pleasing Suite from Star Wars, by John Williams. Dr. Scott Boerma, director of bands at Western Michigan University joins Cara Lieurance to preview the 50th annual Spring Conference on Wind and Percussion Music, a day-long event including workshops, demonstrations, and two afternoon band concerts presented by the Three Rivers High School Symphony Band and the Portage Central High School Symphonic Band. The conference culminates in a free public concert in Miller Auditorium at 7:30 pm by the Michael Markowski All-Star Band and the WMU Symphonic Band.

Dr. Boerma describes the new work, Amor Fati by Michael Markowski, which will get its world premiere on Thursday night. The composer, a rising young American talent, will be on hand to help prepare the piece and witness the concert.


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It might sound hyperbolic to say that community can save your life, but that was the experience of some members of Kalamazoo’s Lavender Morning. Founded in 1979, the lesbian group, which organized dances and published a newsletter, included women whose families ostracized them for being gay.


A Superfund site in the Kalamazoo area remains on the EPA's list of top priorities. Two Democrats top $475,000 to campaign for the Congressional seat held by Republican Fred Upton. Governor Snyder releases a new school safety plan, but doesn't address the debate over guns. 

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(MPRN-Lansing) An electrical cable that leaked hundreds of gallons of mineral oils into the Straits of Mackinac will be inspected – as soon as the weather clears up. 

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