W. E. B. Du Bois's Data Portraits
Visualizing Black America: The Color Line at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
Hardcover ISBN: 1616897066
The colorful charts, graphs, and maps presented at the 1900 Paris Exposition by famed sociologist and black rights activist W. E. B. Du Bois offered a view into the lives of black Americans, conveying a literal and figurative representation of "the color line." From advances in education to the lingering effects of slavery, these prophetic infographics—beautiful in design and powerful in content— make visible a wide spectrum of black experience. W. E. B. Du Bois's Data Portraits collects the complete set of graphics in full color for the first time, making their insights and innovations available to a contemporary imagination. As Maria Popova wrote, these data portraits shaped how "Du Bois himself thought about sociology, informing the ideas with which he set the world ablaze three years later in The Souls of Black Folk."
Letters to a Young Brother
Manifest Your Destiny
Paperback ISBN: 1592402496
The film and television star draws on personal experiences to present a series of motivational letters that explores such topics as the value of a good education and the media's inappropriate emphasis on material wealth.
How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?
Being Young and Arab in America
Paperback ISBN: 0143115413
An eye-opening look at how young Arab- and Muslim- Americans are forging lives for themselves in a country that often mistakes them for the enemy Just over a century ago , W.E.B. Du Bois posed a probing question in his classic The Souls of Black Folk: How does it feel to be a problem? Now, Moustafa Bayoumi asks the same about AmericaÂ's new Â“problemÂ
The Bride Price
A Hmong Wedding Story
Paperback ISBN: 1681340364
When Mai Neng Moua decides to get married, her mother, a widow, wants the groom to follow Hmong custom and pay a bride price, which both honors the work the bride's family has done in raising a daughter and offers a promise of love and security from the groom's family. Mai Neng, who knows the pain this tradition has caused, says no. Her husband-to-be supports her choice. What happens next is devastating, and it raises questions about the very meaning of being Hmong in America. The couple refuses to participate in the tshoob, the traditional Hmong marriage ceremony; many members of their families, on both sides, stay away from their church wedding. Months later, the families carry out the tshoob without the wedding couple. But even after the bride price has been paid, Mai Neng finds herself outside of Hmong culture and at odds with her mother, not realizing the full meaning of the customs she has rejected. As she navigates the Hmong world of animism, Christianity, and traditional gender roles, she begins to learn what she has not been taught. Through a trip to Thailand, through hard work in the garden, through the birth of another generation, one strong woman seeks reconciliation with another.
We Gon' Be Alright
Notes on Race and Resegregation
Paperback ISBN: 0312429487
Takes a wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests regarding racial inequity in the United States, exploring the rise and fall of "diversity," changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of racial segregation in housing.
U. S. Daughters & Sons of Immigrant Parents: Flash Memoir, Personal Essays & Poetry
Paperback ISBN: 1597096067
An anthology of flash memoir, personal essays and poetry from sixty-five contributors whose writing illuminates the modern immigrant experience. With work by Richard Blanco, Tina Chang, Joseph Lagaspi, Li-Young Lee, Timothy Liu, Naomi Shihab Nye, Oliver de la Paz, Ira Sukrungruang, Ocean Vuong, and more.
The Last Discovery of America
Paperback ISBN: 0142000795
The author of Hunger of Memory and Days of Obligation concludes his "trilogy of American public life" by contemplating the many cultural associations of the color brown--toil, decay, impurity, and time--as he considers the meaning of Hispanics in American society. Reprint.
Celebrating the Family
Ethnicity, Consumer Culture, and Family Rituals
Paperback ISBN: 0674002792
Nostalgia for the imagined warm family gatherings of yesteryear has colored our understanding of family celebrations. Elizabeth Pleck examines family traditions over two centuries and finds a complicated process of change in the way Americans have celebrated holidays such as Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Chinese New Year, and Passover as well as the life cycle rituals of birth, coming of age, marriage, and death. By the early nineteenth century carnivalesque celebrations outside the home were becoming sentimental occasions that used consumer culture and displays of status and wealth to celebrate the idea of home and family. The 1960s saw the full emergence of a postsentimental approach to holiday celebration, which takes place outside as often as inside the home, and recognizes changes in the family and women's roles, as well as the growth of ethnic group consciousness. This multicultural, comparative history of American family celebration, rich in detail and spiced with telling anecdotes and illustrations and a keen sense of irony, offers insight into the significance of ethnicity and consumer culture in shaping what people regard as the most memorable moments of family life.
The Girl from Foreign
Paperback ISBN: 0143115774
Recounts the author's astonished discovery of her heritage as a descendent of the Bene Israel Jewish community that was shipwrecked in India two thousand years ago, in an account that describes her visit to India to put the pieces of her family's past together. Reprint.