Carnegie Mellon University

History’s Emanuela Grama Lends an Ear to Immigrant Group

October 27, 2017

Lost in Translation

By Stefanie Johndrow

Immigration and accurate media coverage have been trending points of discussion during the past year. When the two recently became intertwined in a small western Pennsylvania suburb, Carnegie Mellon University’s Emanuela Grama offered to reporters to do what was most needed: Listen.

A group of about 40 Roma families—an ethnic group from Romania that have suffered persecution and social marginalization— recently sought asylum in the small town of California, Pa. Grama, a native of Romania, accompanied reporters from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as a translator.

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