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
An urgent collection of essays by first and second-generation immigrants, exploring what it's like to be othered in an increasingly divided America.
- 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.
About the Author
Nikesh Shukla is a British writer and diversity activist who conceived and edited The Good Immigrant, the acclaimed collection of essays about race and immigration by 21 writers of color. He is the editor of Rife Magazine, an online magazine for young people, and the author of the novels Coconut Unlimited which was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, and Meatspace. He has been shortlisted for the Liberty Human Rights Arts Award and named as one of Foreign Policy's 100 Global Thinkers 2016. His third novel The One Who Wrote Destiny and his first YA novel will be published in 2018.
Chimene Suleyman is a writer from London who is now based in New York. As well as contributing to The Good Immigrant she has written on race-politics for The Independent, International Business Times, The Debrief, The Pool, and Media Diversified. TV and radio appearances include BBC Newsnight, BBC, and LBC. Her poetry collection, Outside Looking On, was included in the Guardian's Best Books of 2014 list.
"This collection is a resounding success on multiple fronts. Its
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.'"—The Washington Post
"The strength of this collection is in its
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."—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"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
offer affecting personal essays about adapting to daily life in the United
States while also retaining their identities forged by foreign cultures...There
are no weak links in this well-curated book."—Kirkus Reviews
"As engaging as it is
necessary, especially in today's political climate."—Paste
"A timely and important read, filled with
gorgeous writing."—Woman's Day
Praise for The Good Immigrant (UK):
British cultural conversation around race. Instead of statistics and dogma we find
real human experience and impassioned argument - and it's funny and
"An important, timely
read."—J. K. Rowling
"To say the publication of The Good Immigrant has come at a good time would be an understatement ... If 2016 has left you feeling helpless, desperately wondering what you can do to repair the damage of anti-immigration rhetoric, then reading it would be a good place to start: it leaves you feeling armed with empathy."—Vice