Emigration and Immigration
Call Me American
The incredible true story of a boy living in war-torn Somalia who escapes to America--first by way of the movies; years later, through a miraculous green card.
Abdi Nor Iftin first fell in love with America from afar. As a child, he learned English by listening to American pop artists like Michael Jackson and watching films starring action heroes like Arnold Schwarzenegger. When U.S. marines landed in Mogadishu to take on the warlords, Abdi cheered the arrival of these real Americans, who seemed as heroic as those of the movies.
Sporting American clothes and dance moves, he became known around Mogadishu as Abdi American, but when the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab rose to power in 2006, it suddenly became dangerous to celebrate Western culture. Desperate to make a living, Abdi used his language skills to post secret dispatches to NPR and the Internet, which found an audience of worldwide listeners. But as life in Somalia grew more dangerous, Abdi was left with no choice but to flee to Kenya as a refugee.
In an amazing stroke of luck, Abdi won entrance to the U.S. in the annual visa lottery, though his route to America--filled with twists and turns and a harrowing sequence of events that nearly stranded him in Nairobi--did not come easily. Parts of his story were first heard on the BBC World Service and This American Life. Now a proud resident of Maine, on the path to citizenship, Abdi Nor Iftin's dramatic, deeply stirring memoir is truly a story for our time: a vivid reminder of why western democracies still beckon to those looking to make a better life.
A Hmong Family Memoir
An NEA Big Read Selection
?This is the best account of the Hmong experience I’ve ever read?powerful, heartbreaking, and unforgettable.
This Land Is Our Land
An Immigrant's Manifesto
"An argument for why the United States and the West should accept more immigrants, and would benefit from doing so."
A Hmong Family Memoir
Presents the journey from refuge camp to America and the hardships and joys of a family's struggle to adapt in a strange culture while holding onto traditions that are passed down from her beloved grandmother.
"When she was six years old, YangÆs family immigrated to America, and she evocatively captures the challenges of adapting to a new place and a new language. Through her words, the dreams, wisdom, and traditions passed down from her grandmother and shared by an entire community have finally found a voice.
The Warmth of Other Suns
The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
In an epic history covering the period from the end of World War I through the 1970s, a Pulitzer Prize winner chronicles the decades-long migration of African Americans from the South to the North and West through the stories of three individuals and their families. Reprint. A best-selling book. A National Book Critics Circle Award finalist.
City of Dreams
The 400-year Epic History of Immigrant New York
A richly detailed history of immigration in New York shares the poignant stories of individuals ranging from bodybuilder Charles Atlas to couture artist Oscar de la Renta to trace the essential role of foreign-born innovators and revolutionaries in the city's evolution. By the award-winning author of Five Points. 50,000 first printing. Illustrations. Map(s).
The Guarded Gate
Bigotry, Eugenics, and the Law That Kept Two Generations of Jews, Italians, and Other European Immigrants Out of America
Examines how eugenics and government-supported anti-immigration initiatives in the 1920s changed policies to ban discriminated-against groups from the U.S. for more than forty years.
The Debate over the Changing Face of America
Essays examine the immigration policies of the United States and look at how permissive policies have affected the nation
Four Centuries of Immigrant Writing
A chronologically arranged anthology of literary excerpts by first-generation newcomers to America reflects the nation's immigrant experience over the course of 400 years, in a collection of poems, stories, and nonfiction writings that describes their passages into the new world and struggles with cultural identity.
City of Dreams
The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York
By an acclaimed historian, a sweeping history of the peoples who have come to New York for four centuries: a defining American story of millions of immigrants, hundreds of languages, and one great city