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The good immigrant : 26 writers reflect on America
1st ed.
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xii, 324 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
How to write Iranian-America, or the last essay / Swimmer / Sidra (in 12 movements) / On the blackness of the panther / How not to be / After migration: the once and future kings / On loneliness / Chooey-Booey and brown / Luck of the Irish / Her name was India / Shithole nation / Blond girls in Cheongsams / The naked man / Your father's country / The long answer / An American, told / On being Kim Kardashian / Tour Diary / Dispatches from the language wars / Juana Azurduy versus Christopher Columbus / No es suficiente / Skittles / Return to Macondo / 244 Million / How to center your own story / Jade Chang.
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Presents essays by first- and second-generation immigrant writers on the realities of immigration, multiculturalism, and marginalization in an increasingly divided America. From Trump's proposed border wall and travel ban to the marching of White Supremacists in Charlottesville, America is consumed by tensions over immigration and the question of which bodies are welcome. In this much-anticipated follow-up to the bestselling UK edition, hailed by Zadie Smith as "lively and vital," editors Nikesh Shukla and Chimene Suleyman hand the microphone to an incredible range of writers whose humanity and right to be here is under attack. Chigozie Obioma unpacks an Igbo proverb that helped him navigate his journey to America from Nigeria. Jenny Zhang analyzes cultural appropriation in 90s fashion, recalling her own pain and confusion as a teenager trying to fit in. Fatimah Asghar describes the flood of memory and emotion triggered by an encounter with an Uber driver from Kashmir. Alexander Chee writes of a visit to Korea that changed his relationship to his heritage. These writers, and the many others in this singular collection, share powerful personal stories of living between cultures and languages while struggling to figure out who they are and where they belong. By turns heartbreaking and hilarious, troubling and uplifting, the essays in The Good Immigrant come together to create a provocative, conversation-sparking, multivocal portrait of America now.