'Ask A...'®
Floribert Mubalama speaks with Julia Donk about his experiences as an immigrant on July 22, 2017 as part of KUOW's Ask An Immigrant event.

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Floribert Mubalama speaks with Julia Donk about his experiences as an immigrant on July 22, 2017 as part of KUOW's Ask An Immigrant event.
Credit: KUOW PHOTO/LISA WANG

Ask an immigrant, hear stories of struggle and success

Questions surrounding immigration are regular parts of the news cycle these days. We hear stories of immigrants being harassed, detained and deported. We hear stories of families separated.

Many of us may not have the opportunity to talk to immigrants about their experiences. KUOW created a space for those questions recently at an "Ask an Immigrant" event in Bellevue.

KUOW’s 'Ask A...'® events create a safe and respectful environment for people to explore each other's views. We set up one-on-one conversations for six minutes. After that, a bell rings, chairs are swapped and another conversation begins. At the end, we host a group discussion and a meal.

This "Ask an Immigrant" event took place at Resonance at SOMA Towers on July 22, 2017. Listen to some of the conversations below.

Floribert and Julia at KUOW's Ask an Immigrant event
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Floribert and Julia at KUOW's Ask an Immigrant event
Credit: KUOW Photo/Lisa Wang

Floribert and Julia

Matthew and Ali at KUOW's Ask an Immigrant event
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Matthew and Ali at KUOW's Ask an Immigrant event
Credit: KUOW Photo/Lisa Wang

Matthew and Ali

Chie and Barbara at KUOW's Ask an Immigrant event
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Chie and Barbara at KUOW's Ask an Immigrant event
Credit: KUOW Photo/Lisa Wang

Chie and Barbara

Ali and Patrick at KUOW's Ask an Immigrant event
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Ali and Patrick at KUOW's Ask an Immigrant event
Credit: KUOW Photo/Lisa Wang

Ali and Patrick

Anders and Ruchir at KUOW's Ask an Immigrant event
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Anders and Ruchir at KUOW's Ask an Immigrant event
Credit: KUOW Photo/Lisa Wang

Anders and Ruchir