New to North America:
Writing By U.S. Immigrants, Their Children
and Grandchildren, Second
Lynn Bogomolny, Editor
376 pages, $29.95, paper
to North America is a collection of fiction, essays, poetry
and memoir that documents the experiences and contributions of
three critical generations from immigrant to second generation
American. While the complex subject of immigration has been oversimplified
by national headlines, the voices of immigrants have often been
excluded from the debate. Our authors examine issues of identity,
memory, assimilation, language, acceptance, struggle and the presence
of "the American Dream." Used in history, anthrology,
ethnic studies, geography and college composition classes, this
text continues to voice relevant cultural themes.
Chapters 1-5 contain introductions written by Economist John Isbister,
Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Lauentian University,
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, and author of The Immigration Debate.
include Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, Jose Antonio Burciaga, Suheir
Hammad, Maria de los Rios, Vincent Corvino, Dan Georgakas, Joey
Garcia, Chih Hao Huang, Sui Sin Far, Carolyn Flynn, Andrew Lam,
Marie Lee, Morton Marcus, Tara L. Masih, Lyn Lifshin, Valerie
Miner, Faye Moskowitz, Lola Rodriguez, Leslea Newman, Grace Paley,
Tony Diaz, Joey Garcia, Nahid Rachlin, Abby Bogomolny and others!!!
New Second Edition Adds
+Suheir Hammad's epic, life-affirming poem, "First Writing
+New version of Anjali Banerjee's Goddess of Learning"
+Updated "Looking to the Future, " the introduction
to Chapter 6 that explains 9/11's impact on immigrants and changes
to the country's landscape
+New poem, "We Are the Miracle"
Bogomolny's collection of moving narratives, firsthand testimonials
by people who have been excluded from voicing their own experiences,
document in fiction, poetry, memoir and essay the crossing of
cultural and linguistic borders and the precarious nature of negotiating
life in the U.S. They celebrate la lucha (the struggle) y la esperanza
(the hope) that keeps alive the immigrants' dream of a better
life and the desire to contribute new ways of being and conocimientos
(knowledges) to their adopted country. In this text of diverse
voices, Bogomolny interweaves refreshing responses to the anti-immigration
craze. It is a necessary addition to the immigrant debate and
a must for courses in literature, International Studies and Multicultural
and Ethnic Studies.
Gloria Anzaldua, author, Borderlands/La Frontera and
Making Face, Making Soul/Hacienda Caras
many immigrant readers, New to North America strongly represents
the experiences of people of color as well as people who arrived
on the West coast of this land, rather than taking the European
or Euro-American experience as the norm."
Feminist Bookstore News
"Poignant and sensitive, these short personal essay and
poems speak from the heart and deepen our understanding of the
immigrant experience—memories of war and deprivation; the
struggle to balance a peace between ties to old ways and dreams
of new opportunities; the contradictions between assimilation
and cultural diversity and the negotiation of identity and cross
generational tensions. I have used this book successfully for
many years in my immigration and ethnicity classes and students
inform me that it has opened their eyes and resonated with their
Judith Marti, Professor, Department
California State University, Northridge,
co-author of Labor in Cross-Cultural Perspective
E. Paul Durrenberger) and The Other Fifty
Percent, Multicultural Perspectives on Gender Relations
(with Marti Womack).
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