Showing posts with label Immigration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Immigration. Show all posts

Friday, April 28, 2017

#FridayReads: The Leavers by Lisa Ko

The Leavers by Lisa Ko 

Book description:

“The Leavers is courageous, sensitive, and perfectly of this moment.” —Barbara Kingsolver 

 An emotionally harrowing debut novel that explores assimilation and loss, immigration and homeland, independence and connection. 

One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her. With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. They rename him Daniel Wilkinson in their efforts to make him over into their version of an “all-American boy.” But far away from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his new life with his mother’s disappearance and the memories of the family and community he left behind.

Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid and moving examination of borders and belonging. It’s the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he’s loved has been taken away--and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of her past.

This powerful debut is the winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for fiction, awarded by Barbara Kingsolver for a novel that addresses issues of social justice.

 About the Author 

Lisa Ko’s fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2016, Narrative, Copper Nickel, the Asian Pacific American Journal, and elsewhere. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Writers OMI at Ledig House, the Jerome Foundation, and Blue Mountain Center, among others. A founding coeditor of Hyphen and a fiction editor at Drunken Boat, Ko was born in Queens and lives in Brooklyn.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League by Dan-el Padilla Peralta

Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League by Dan-el Padilla Peralta

An undocumented immigrant’s journey from a New York City homeless shelter to the top of his Princeton class


Dan-el Padilla Peralta has lived the American dream. As a boy, he came here legally with his family. Together they left Santo Domingo behind, but life in New York City was harder than they imagined. Their visas lapsed, and Dan-el’s father returned home. But Dan-el’s courageous mother was determined to make a better life for her bright sons.

Without papers, she faced tremendous obstacles. While Dan-el was only in grade school, the family joined the ranks of the city’s homeless. Dan-el, his mother, and brother lived in a downtown shelter where Dan-el’s only refuge was the meager library. There he met Jeff, a young volunteer from a wealthy family. Jeff was immediately struck by Dan-el’s passion for books and learning. With Jeff’s help, Dan-el was accepted on scholarship to Collegiate, the oldest private school in the country.

There, Dan-el thrived. Throughout his youth, Dan-el navigated these two worlds: the rough streets of East Harlem, where he lived with his brother and his mother and tried to make friends, and the ultra-elite halls of a Manhattan private school, where he could immerse himself in a world of books and where he soon rose to the top of his class.

From Collegiate, Dan-el went to Princeton, where he thrived, and where he made the momentous decision to come out as an undocumented student in a Wall Street Journal profile a few months before he gave the salutatorian’s traditional address in Latin at his commencement.

Undocumented is a classic story of the triumph of the human spirit. It also is the perfect cri de coeur for the debate on comprehensive immigration reform.


Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Dan-el Padilla Peralta came to the United States with his family at the age of four. He received his BA summa cum laude from Princeton University, where he was chosen salutatorian of the class of 2006. He received his MPhil from the University of Oxford and his PhD in classics from Stanford University. He is currently a Mellon Research Fellow at Columbia University.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Free eBook: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent

With "smart immigration" still in the headlines, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is offering a free ebook to help more people understand the issues related to immigrant entrepreneurs and how current policies affect this important economic force in America.

In his pivotal book, The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent, Vivek Wadhwa, a leading scholar and public voice on entrepreneurship and public policy, draws on fifty years of research and his Kauffman Foundation report, "America's New Immigrant Entrepreneurs - Then and Now," to show that growth in immigrant entrepreneurship in the United States has peaked, is stagnating, and is on the verge of decline.

This looming decline is historically unprecedented, and has huge implications for the already-ailing U.S. economy.

Wadhwa's ebook is available for free download from now through July 22, 2013 here: Kauffman.org

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Algo Mas...

Ooh, tonight is the start of the new Top_Chef_2. I think judge, Tom Colicchio is so hot!



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And don't forget to also check this out:

Discovery en Español, the leading provider of high-quality, real-world Spanish-language programming, will premiere an original ground-breaking production - VIVIENDO EN LAS SOMBRAS - that puts the immigration debate under the magnifying glass at a time when the issue is front and center.

This compelling documentary brings the debate to life, like never before, through the real-life profiles of illegal immigrants as they struggle to raise their children, earn a living and dream of a better future. VIVIENDO EN LAS SOMBRAS will premiere on Discovery en Español on Sunday, June 24 at 9:00PM ET/PT).

via hispanic pr wire

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Hispanic Author's website traffic tops 40,000

Since May 1st, www.RaulRamos.com has received over 40,000 visitors, a reflection of the escalating interest in immigration reform and America Libre's role in that debate.

Literanista first covered his book here:

http://literanista.blogspot.com/2007/05/book-news-america-libre.html

Monday, May 14, 2007

Book News: America Libre

"America Libre, a fictional book by Raul Ramos y Sanchez, highlights the growing social tension caused by illegal immigration and shows a possible outcome of the crisis - a civil war that leads to the redrawing of America's borders.

The recent book by author, Raul Ramos y Sanchez, America Libre, has been met with wide acceptance and has attracted a great deal of attention with its controversial storyline - a possible insurrection within the United States sparked by the growing backlash against illegal immigration, resulting in a bitter civil war. With the resurgence of hate groups using anti-immigrant sentiments to swell their ranks and the recent violent incident in Mac Arthur Park in Los Angeles, this book has been the focus of much attention as a possible forecast of events to come.

In the past two weeks, the author's website, Http://www.raulramos.com, has been flooded with over 20,000 new visitors, and his online forum that enables U.S. immigrants to tell their stories in their own words, http://www.myimmigrationstory.com, has also received a sudden influx of new attention and traffic from searches relating to the immigration controversy."

Read more here:
http://www.publishersnewswire.com/booknews
 
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