The Norman Transcript

Breaking News


April 27, 2013

Can’t Norman get a Bangladeshi sister, too?

NORMAN — It was, in fact is, still, a matter of pride when I first saw “Made in Bangladesh” on the price tag of a T-shirt in the Ross outlet here in Norman, Oklahoma, USA.

That tag was not the last copy of an exhibition. We saw many such signs glittering in black letter hanger to hanger and reflecting to our hearts. But it is not only symbolic of something dear thousands of miles far from homeland. It is business as well; it is money and matter. The garments we are producing in Bangladeshi factories are flying toward the corners and rows of American super shops. Most of the people I encountered here know about Bangladesh by these stitches and knitting, of course. The majority of them may not know the exact facts and figures about Bangladesh, but they are passing many moments with her “made in” sign.

But these events are not enough, let us be realistic. The state of Oklahoma and a city like Norman are the “heartland” of America. Unlike the East or West coast of this country which may very well be opposite sides of the globe. Cities like New York or Washington, D.C., are quite familiar with Bangladeshi faces and foods, no doubt. But Norman is far from that in terms of milage and meaning.

Very few, countable even by fingers, Bangladeshi people “live” in Norman. Most of them are either post graduate and doctoral students or teachers. And one or two families came here before the Bengal Delta became Bangladesh officially. One of my country fellows figured the total number of Bangladeshi families in Norman between 25 to 30.

Fortunately, the number is increasing. Breaking the long frequencies of decades the city is gaining new faces every year from Bangladesh. The Bangladeshi Student Association at the University of Oklahoma also is becoming familiar within the community through various programs.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • NRA members need to step up

    Please, Mr. Bloomberg, leave the checkbook open, but step away from the podium. Your efforts to curb gun violence and improve safety are notable. The National Rifle Association thanks you....

    April 19, 2014

  • First, do no harm — to your bank account

    After being sued by the Wall Street Journal, the government finally released its Medicare reimbursement data last week. It included the less-than-stunning revelation that 28 of the 100 doctors who received the largest payments in 2012 were ...

    April 15, 2014

  • Reading between the lines

    Reading is such an improbable idea — a miracle, really. Yet simple squiggles on a page, arranged just so, can convey ideas that change the way we think or introduce to us characters we love for a lifetime. In celebration of reading — and ...

    April 15, 2014

  • CCFI tackling area’s child abuse problem

    Editor, The Transcript: To those of you who are reading this editorial, I assume you care or at least are entertained by the opinions of others. It is my hope and desire that when you read this editorial, you will care about the facts. ...

    April 12, 2014

  • Does Oklahoma need advice from Texas?

    Does Texas have a lock on “brilliant minds”? The names of Texans like Congressman Louie Gomert, Sen. Ted Cruz and that other guy ... I can’t think of his name ... oh yeah, Rick Perry come to mind very quickly. Add to that infamous list ...

    April 12, 2014

  • Why Comcast-Time Warner deal makes sense

    Say this about the deal announced Thursday for Comcast to buy Time Warner Cable: It’s big. Big price tag of $45 billion. Big combined subscriber base of 30 million households. And big risk of a veto from government antitrust regulators....

    April 12, 2014

  • Solid evidence within ice record

    In his November 10 Letter, Gary Reynolds misstated information in the October 27 op-ed by Catherine Hobbs, “New report says global warming is “unequivocal.” Mr. Reynolds incorrectly stated that Dr. Hobbs cited evidence from the 2007 UN ...

    April 12, 2014

  • Times two during April tax season

    Each April, it matters about which column the numbers fall into. Jerry’s first surgery for cataracts occurred in November and the other, December. “How’re you seeing now?” friends say....

    April 8, 2014

  • Soldiers home but not yet safe

    March ended with this uplifting news: For the first time in seven years, no U.S. soldiers died that month in combat. Not one....

    April 7, 2014

  • Fred Harris still sounds like a presidential candidate

    A tourist who happened to wander inside the Kerr Auditorium at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History Friday afternoon missed the introduction but caught the tail end of Fred Harris’ lecture....

    April 6, 2014