Cultural & Immigrant Mini-Documentaries
Educating Low German Speaking Mexican Mennonite Students in Kansas
(Running time: 8:37)
Lisa Klassen is a migrant recruiter for Southwest Plains Regional Service Center. In this video, she is accompanied by her mother, Helena, who emigrated from Mexico with her family when her children were very young. Lisa gives a short history of the migration of the Low German-speaking Mennonites and Helena tells her personal story of coming to the United States. They explain the cultural differences both within the Low German community, as well as major differences with mainstream American culture. As of 2010, the vast majority of this population in Kansas has settled in the southwestern part of the state.