Immigration and Refugee Studies
Beyond the Narrow Gate
The Journey of Four Chinese Women from the Middle Kingdom to the Middle America
Paperback ISBN: 0452277612
Chronicles the fates of four extraordinary Chinese women, forced to flee China in 1947 after the Communist takeover, as they meet in Taiwan in 1948 and struggle to build new lives for themselves in America. Reprint.
La Travesia De Enrique / Enrique's Journey
La Arriesgada Odisea De Un Nino En Busca De Su Madre / the Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite With His Mother
Paperback ISBN: 0812975804
Describes one Honduran boy's difficult and dangerous journey to find his mother, who had made the trek northward to the United States in search of a better life but never made enough money to return home for her children.
House of Stone
A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East
Paperback ISBN: 0544002199
"In 2006, Shadid, an Arab-American raised in Oklahoma, was covering Israel's attack on Lebanon when he heard that an Israeli rocket had crashed into the house his great-grandfather built, his family's ancestral home. Not long after, Shadid (who had covered three wars in the Middle East) realized that he had lost his passion for a region that had lost its soul. He had seen too much violence and death; his career had destroyed his marriage. Seeking renewal, he set out to rebuild the house that held his family's past in the town they had helped settle long ago. Although the course of the reconstruction is complicated by craftsmen with too much personality, squabbles with his extended family, and Lebanon's political strife, Shadid is restored along with the house and finds that his understanding of the Middle East, which he had known chiefly in wartime, has been deepened by his immersion in smalltown life. Coming to terms with his family's emigrant experience and their town's history, the "homeless" Shadid finds home and comes to understand the emotions behind the turbulence of the Middle East. In a moving epilogue, Shadid describes returning to this house after a nearly disastrous week as a prisoner of war in Libya along with the first visit of his daughter. Combining the human interest of The Bookseller of Kabul and Three Cups of Tea with the light touch of an expert determined, first, to tell a story, Shadid tells the story of a reconstruction effort that would have sent Frances Mayes to a psychiatric hospital as he brings to life unforgettable characters who lives help explain not just the modern Middle East but the legacy of those who have survived generations of war. He flashes back to his family's loss of home, their suffering during their country's dark days, and their experiences as newcomers in Oklahoma. This is a book about what propels the Middle East's rage, loss of home, and what it must examine and re-find, the sense of shared community. Far surpassing the usual reporter's "tour of duty," books, House of Stone is more humane and compelling and will please students of the region, those whose families have emigrated from other nations, and all readers engaged by engrossing storytelling"--
The Arab American and Muslim American Experience After 9/11
Paperback ISBN: 0871540533
In the aftermath of 9/11, many Arab and Muslim Americans came under intense scrutiny by federal and local authorities, as well as their own neighbors, on the chance that they might know, support, or actually be terrorists. As Louise Cainkar observes, even U.S.-born Arabs and Muslims were portrayed as outsiders, an image that was amplified in the months after the attacks. She argues that 9/11 did not create anti-Arab and anti-Muslim suspicion; rather, their socially constructed images and social and political exclusion long before these attacks created an environment in which misunderstanding and hostility could thrive and the government could defend its use of profiling. Combining analysis and ethnography, Homeland Insecurity provides an intimate view of what it means to be an Arab or a Muslim in a country set on edge by the worst terrorist attack in its history. Focusing on the metropolitan Chicago area, Cainkar conducted more than a hundred research interviews and five in-depth oral histories. In this, the most comprehensive ethnographic study of the post-9/11 period for American Arabs and Muslims, native-born and immigrant Palestinians, Egyptians, Lebanese, Iraqis, Yemenis, Sudanese, Jordanians, and others speak candidly about their lives as well as their experiences with government, public mistrust, discrimination, and harassment after 9/11. The book reveals that Arab Muslims were more likely to be attacked in certain spatial contexts than others and that Muslim women wearing the hijab were more vulnerable to assault than men, as their head scarves were interpreted by some as a rejection of American culture. Even as the 9/11 Commission never found any evidence that members of Arab- or Muslim-American communities were involved in the attacks, respondents discuss their feelings of insecurity—a heightened sense of physical vulnerability and exclusion from the guarantees of citizenship afforded other Americans. Yet the vast majority of those interviewed for Homeland Insecurity report feeling optimistic about the future of Arab and Muslim life in the United States. Most of the respondents talked about their increased interest in the teachings of Islam, whether to counter anti-Muslim slurs or to better educate themselves. Governmental and popular hostility proved to be a springboard for heightened social and civic engagement. Immigrant organizations, religious leaders, civil rights advocates, community organizers, and others defended Arabs and Muslims and built networks with their organizations. Local roundtables between Arab and Muslim leaders, law enforcement, and homeland security agencies developed better understanding of Arab and Muslim communities. These post-9/11 changes have given way to stronger ties and greater inclusion in American social and political life. Will the United States extend its values of freedom and inclusion beyond the politics of “us” and “them” stirred up after 9/11? The answer is still not clear. Homeland Insecurity is keenly observed and adds Arab and Muslim American voices to this still-unfolding period in American history.
The Plight of Refugees
Hardcover ISBN: 0883448394
Why are there refugees? Who are they? What is their fate? Refugees from war and persecution - an estimated 18 million people - can be found on all the inhabitable continents. Most flee from poverty-stricken lands to other lands just as desperately poor. The pattern repeats itself endlessly: in the agonies of Somalia, and those of what used to be Yugoslavia. Author Judy Mayotte lived among refugee peoples for two years: staying in their make-shift homes, sharing their food, running with them to escape shelling, listening to their stories. Her family became the "long-term" displaced: Khmer refugees on the Thai-Cambodia border, Afghan refugees in Pakistan, and Eritrean and internally displaced Sudanese in Sudan. She tells their stories, and their countries' tortured histories, sharing their lives, and bringing home the immensity of their struggles. Every statistic, Mayotte points out, "is a person. ...[Refugees] are not simply masses of people we see on our television screens huddled, squatting, staring with vacuous eyes. The human dignity of each calls for our concern - a concern that will not tolerate the waste of lives in camps where people sit and wait and wait like a long row of empty bowls waiting for someone to come and fill them." Startling and informative, Disposable People? describes the geopolitics, the economics, and the social conflicts that propel people into flight from their homelands. More important than the reasons why, we come to know these refugees as men and women, children and elders. Homeless and totally dependent on others their lives have been shattered yet their hope remains alive - as do their dreams of returning home. Disposable People? drives home the simple point that the world community must be aware and involved in constructive responses to the "refugee problem." It is imperative not only in monetary terms - building peace is less costly by far than waging war - but in terms of our shared humanity as well. As the UN High Commissioner for Refugees says in her Foreword, "A vivid appreciation of the human costs of displacement, as presented in this book, reinforces the determination to act upon our moral and political obligations to help them rebuild their countries and their lives."
I Go to America
Swedish American Women and the Life of Mina Anderson
Hardcover ISBN: 0873516362
Near the end of her life, Mina Anderson penned a lively memoir that helped Swedish novelist Vilhelm Moberg create "Kristina," the central female character of his beloved emigrant novels, a woman who constantly yearns for her homeland. But Mina's story was quite different. Showcasing her previously untranslated memoir, "I Go To America" traces Mina's trip across the Atlantic to Wisconsin and then the Twin Cities, where she worked as a domestic servant, and her move to rural Mille Lacs County, where she and her husband worked a farm, raised seven children, and contributed to rural Swedish community life. Mina herself writes about how grateful she was for the opportunity to be in America, where the pay was better, class differences were unconfining, and children--girls included--had the chance for a good education. In her own words, "I have never regretted that I left Sweden. I have had it better here." Author Joy Lintelman greatly expands upon Mina's memoir, detailing the social, cultural, and economic realities experienced by countless Swedish women of her station. Lintelman offers readers both an intimate portrait of Mina Anderson and a window into the lives of the nearly 250,000 young, single Swedish women who immigrated to America from 1881 to 1920 and whose courage, hard work, and pragmatism embody the American dream. Joy K. Lintelman is a professor of history at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota . Her specialties include immigration history and women's history.
A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America And American in Iran
Paperback ISBN: 1586483781
As far back as she can remember, Azadeh Moaveni has felt at odds with her identity as an Iranian-American. In America, she lived in two worlds. At home, she was the daughter of the Iranian exile community and outside she was a California girl. This is the story of her search for identity, between two cultures cleaved apart by a violent history.
The New Minnesotans
Stories of Immigrants and Refugees
Paperback ISBN: 0929636686
For more than two decades, Minnesota has seen a new wave of immigration from disparate areas of the world, including Eastern Europe, Mexico, Central and Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia. Gregg Aamot, who has been covering immigration in Minnesota since the early 1990s, shares the challenges and realities immigrants and refugees face while assimilating to the Upper Midwest. From a front-row seat in the homes, workplaces, and meeting halls of these newcomers, Aamot provides an informative and intimate view of what life is really like for groups that are striving to adapt to a different culture. We are also reminded of how the last major wave of immigrants--who were mostly Europeans--faced similar challenges,helping us to better understand conditions in Minnesota today. The New Minnesotans is essential reading for anyone interested in the changing cultural and economic landscape in Minnesota, or in other states where the immigrant population is on the rise.
An American Town, A Refugee Team, and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference
Paperback ISBN: 0385522045
The extraordinary tale of a refugee youth soccer team and the transformation of a small American town Clarkston, Georgia, was a typical Southern town until it was designated a refugee settlement center in the 1990s, becoming the first American home for scores of families in flight from the world’s war zones—from Liberia and Sudan to Iraq and Afghanistan. Suddenly Clarkston’s streets were filled with women wearing the hijab, the smells of cumin and curry, and kids of all colors playing soccer in any open space they could find. The town also became home to Luma Mufleh, an American-educated Jordanian woman who founded a youth soccer team to unify Clarkston’s refugee children and keep them off the streets. These kids named themselves the Fugees. Set against the backdrop of an American town that without its consent had become a vast social experiment, Outcasts United follows a pivotal season in the life of the Fugees and their charismatic coach. Warren St. John documents the lives of a diverse group of young people as they miraculously coalesce into a band of brothers, while also drawing a fascinating portrait of a fading American town struggling to accommodate its new arrivals. At the center of the story is fiery Coach Luma, who relentlessly drives her players to success on the soccer field while holding together their lives—and the lives of their families—in the face of a series of daunting challenges. This fast-paced chronicle of a single season is a complex and inspiring tale of a small town becoming a global community—and an account of the ingenious and complicated ways we create a home in a changing world. From the Hardcover edition.