This illustrated virtual presentation encompasses the geography and geopolitics of Afghanistan, its history and recent developments. Social issues such as Afghan ethnicities, gender roles and relations, family structures, what matters to Afghans, communication styles and Afghan etiquette, will be discussed. Additionally, I will address what to expect from the new arrivals, and how to help them transition to their new American lives.Bio:
Rachel Lehr earned her PhD in linguistics from the University of Chicago writing a descriptive grammar of Pashai, a minority language spoken in eastern Afghanistan. For more than 25 years Lehr’s work has addressed the languages and cultures of central and south Asia, while living and working in the region.