Immigration and Refugee Studies
From Islam to America: a Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations
Paperback ISBN: 1439157324
The activist and best-selling author of Infidel describes her experiences after moving to America to pursue a safer life, from her renewed contact with her family after her father's death to her struggles to embrace new principles in the face of Islamic attempts to prohibit her work. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.
American Identity and the Turn Against Immigration
Paperback ISBN: 0231109571
Charting the history of U.S. immigration policy and public reaction to newcomers from the Puritan colonists to World War II refugees,Unwelcome Strangers uncovers the heated arguments of the anti-immigration forces: environmental groups that warn against the consequences of overpopulation, economic concerns that immigrants take jobs away from Americans, and assimilationist fears that newcomers--especially from Latin America, and Asia--threaten American culture.
The Middle of Everywhere
Helping Refugees Enter the American Community
Paperback ISBN: 0156027372
Offers the tales of refugees who have escaped countries riddled by conflict and ripped apart by war to realize their dream of starting a new life in America, detailing their triumph over adversity.
The Woman in the Zoot Suit
Gender, Nationalism, and the Cultural Politics of Memory
Paperback ISBN: 0822343037
The Mexican American woman zoot suiter, or pachuca, often wore a V-neck sweater or a long, broad-shouldered coat, a knee-length pleated skirt, fishnet stockings or bobby socks, platform heels or saddle shoes, dark lipstick, and a bouffant. Or she donned the same style of zoot suit that her male counterparts wore. With their striking attire, pachucos and pachucas represented a new generation of Mexican American youth, which arrived on the public scene in the 1940s. Yet while pachucos have often been the subject of literature, visual art, and scholarship, The Woman in the Zoot Suit is the first book focused on pachucas. Two events in wartime Los Angeles thrust young Mexican American zoot suiters into the media spotlight. In the Sleepy Lagoon incident, a man was murdered during a mass brawl in August 1942. Twenty-two young men, all but one of Mexican descent, were tried and convicted of the crime. In the Zoot Suit Riots of June 1943, white servicemen attacked young zoot suiters, particularly Mexican Americans, throughout Los Angeles. The Chicano movement of the 1960s–1980s cast these events as key moments in the political awakening of Mexican Americans and pachucos as exemplars of Chicano identity, resistance, and style. While pachucas and other Mexican American women figured in the two incidents, they were barely acknowledged in later Chicano movement narratives. Catherine S. Ramírez draws on interviews she conducted with Mexican American women who came of age in Los Angeles in the late 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s as she recovers the neglected stories of pachucas. Investigating their relative absence in scholarly and artistic works, she argues that both wartime U.S. culture and the Chicano movement rejected pachucas because they threatened traditional gender roles. Ramírez reveals how pachucas challenged dominant notions of Mexican American and Chicano identity, how feminists have reinterpreted la pachuca, and how attention to an overlooked figure can disclose much about history making, nationalism, and resistant identities.
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.