At Washington Crossing we have a community garden project with about 60 plots that are used by people from WC and neighbors who rent a space. In 2013 there were some plots left over so I wanted to find a few people to use them up. We have a bus stop out front that is peopled with various nationalities, so I visited there one day to see if anyone wanted to do some gardening. The only thing anyone could tell me was LSS. This I interpreted as Lutheran Social Services.
The end result of discussions with the LSS was that they had some people who would like to garden living across the street from WC. That is how I got to know Bandan.
Bandan is 54, but looks to be about 42. Hes
about 510 and 150 pounds, black straight hair, and very dark (at least
in the gardening season) skin. This
year, 2014, Bandan has enough English to tell me that he is from
Most Bhutanis are Buddhists, but some are Hindu, which,
apparently, is not good. In the late
90s, the King and friends decided that there were getting to be too many Hindu
people. They were poor and appeared to
have children at an alarming rate. It
looked like a threat to Happiness. The
solution to this problem was to violently harass the Hindu, seize their land
and possessions, and force them to flee to refugee camps in
As Bandan lives here longer, he will learn more English, so
he can tell me more. What I know now is
that he likes to garden, and probably doesnt watch TV, although I am guessing
that he knows what it is. He was a
farmer before the bad times, and he has been living on a pile of rocks in
He is a Nepali Bhutaneze American.
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