There are so many good reasons to read this book. Read it for the brilliant, beautiful writing. Read it for the thought-provoking personal stories that will keep you turning the pages. Read it to counter the hateful bad immigrant narrative that assaults us every time we hear about the urgent need to build a wall to protect our borders. It’s a very good time to read this book.— Rhonda
- Chigozie Obioma unpacks an Igbo proverb that helped him navigate his journey to America from Nigeria.
- Jenny Zhang analyzes cultural appropriation in 90s fashion, recalling her own pain and confusion as a teenager trying to fit in.
- Fatimah Asghar describes the flood of memory and emotion triggered by an encounter with an Uber driver from Kashmir.
- Alexander Chee writes of a visit to Korea that changed his relationship to his heritage.
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righteous rage is perfectly matched by its literary rewards...a surround-sound
chorus that bristles with an unpredictable, electric energy...Each essay is a tantalizing introduction -- and invitation
-- to the larger body of work these artists have already created and will
continue to make long after this moment passes. What unites this defiant chorus
of immigrant voices is best expressed in this variation on an enduring line by
Langston Hughes: 'We, too sing America.'"
diversity-of gender, sexuality, privilege, experience, and writing style. A
gift for anyone who understands or wants to learn about the breadth of
experience among immigrants to the U.S., this collection showcases the joy,
empathy, and fierceness needed to adopt the country as one's own."
other media: it devotes space to the shadowy ranges, to the subjects that are
not easily graspable - the ineffable, varied, certainly never simple
experiences of being an immigrant."
are no weak links in this well-curated book."
"Extraordinary in its attempt to make sense of the current moment...devastating in its ability to coalesce the lived realities of nonwhite Americans and the impact of these acts...Since narratives operate as engines of empathy, granting access to worlds and experiences often overlooked, The Good Immigrant helps counter some of today's more toxic narratives. Hopefully we'll read more of these kind of stories in the future."—Los Angeles Review of Books
of writers...who describe their personal experiences and struggles with finding
their place in the U.S. The pieces connect first-person stories with broader
cultural and political issues to paint an important picture of the U.S. today."
"Immigration has become a hot-button issue in America for all the wrong reasons (see: racists), and The Good Immigrant is the perfect antidote to all the hate. Through essays from first- and second-generation immigrants like Jenny Zhang, Chigozie Obioma, Fatimah Asghar, and more, you'll get a whole new perspective on everything from '90s fashion to Uber drivers."—PopSugar
Praise for The Good Immigrant (UK):
"The Good Immigrant is that rarest of beasts, a truly necessary book."—Jonathan Coe, Observer
"As engaging as it is necessary, especially in today's political climate."—Paste