Sidney P. Bellard, a native of Port Barre and a graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette), has published “A Cajun in France: Journeys to Assimilations,” available at Amazon.com in digital and print versions. The retired educator relates in his book three different cultures where he encountered challenges such as the language barrier, lack of family educational values, relative poverty, discrimination and the chains of insecurity. Eventually, he developed two major drives that were antithetical to each other, to master the English language and to achieve literacy in standard French.
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