Thursday, October 12, 2017

From the Bookshelves: The Oxford Handbook of Citizenship

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The Oxford Handbook of Citizenship

Edited by Ayelet Shachar, Rainer Baubock, Irene Bloemraad, and Maarten Vink

  • Brings together the latest normative and empirical debates synthesized by leading experts in the field
  • Revisits classic questions of citizenship and lays out cutting-edge contemporary approaches
  • Analyzes citizenship from multiple disciplinary perspectives

Contrary to predictions that it would become increasingly redundant in a globalizing world, citizenship is back with a vengeance. The Oxford Handbook of Citizenship brings together leading experts in law, philosophy, political science, economics, sociology, and geography to provide a multidisciplinary, comparative discussion of different dimensions of citizenship: as legal status and political membership; as rights and obligations; as identity and belonging; as civic virtues and practices of engagement; and as a discourse of political and social equality or responsibility for a common good.

KJ

October 12, 2017 in Books, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (1)

Saturday, October 7, 2017

From the Bookshelves: Thi Bui, The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir

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Thi Bui was only 3 years old when her family fled South Vietnam in the 1970s to start a new life in California. Bui’s illustrated memoir, The Best We Could Do:  An Illustrated Memoir, explores her parents’ lives: the sacrifices they made and the struggles they went through that took their children years to understand.  For a radio interview with Bui, author of “click here.

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An intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying one family’s journey from war-torn Vietnam, from debut author Thi Bui
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This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves.
 
At the heart of Bui’s story is a universal struggle: While adjusting to life as a first-time mother, she ultimately discovers what it means to be a parent—the endless sacrifices, the unnoticed gestures, and the depths of unspoken love. Despite how impossible it seems to take on the simultaneous roles of both parent and child, Bui pushes through. With haunting, poetic writing and breathtaking art, she examines the strength of family, the importance of identity, and the meaning of home.
 
In what Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen calls “a book to break your heart and heal it,” The Best We Could Do brings to life Thi Bui’s journey of understanding, and provides inspiration to all of those who search for a better future while longing for a simpler past.

KJ 

October 7, 2017 in Books, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, September 25, 2017

From the Bookshelves: Sponsored Migration: The State and Puerto Rican Postwar Migration to the United States by Edgardo Melendez

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Sponsored Migration: The State and Puerto Rican Postwar Migration to the United States by Edgardo Melendez

Puerto Rico is often left out of conversations on migration and transnationalism within the Latino context. Sponsored Migration: The State and Puerto Rican Postwar Migration to the United States by Edgardo Meléndez seeks to rectify this oversight, serving as a comprehensive study of the factors affecting Puerto Rican migration to the United States from the late 1940s to the 1960s. Examining the consequences of the perceived problem of Puerto Rican overpopulation as well as the cost of U.S. imperialism on the lives of Puerto Rican workers, Meléndez scrutinizes Puerto Rican migration in the postwar period as a microcosm of the political history of migration throughout Latin America.
   
Sponsored Migration places Puerto Rico’s migration policy in its historical context, examining the central role the Puerto Rican government played in encouraging and organizing migration during the postwar period. Meléndez sheds an important new light on the many ways in which the government intervened in the movement of its people: attempting to provide labor to U.S. agriculture, incorporating migrants into places like New York City, seeking to expand the island’s air transportation infrastructure, and even promoting migration in the public school system. One of the first scholars to explore this topic in depth, Meléndez illuminates how migration influenced U.S. and Puerto Rican relations from 1898 onward. 
 
KJ
 

 

September 25, 2017 in Books, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

From the Bookshelves: The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American by Lauren Markham

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The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life (Crown, September 12, 2017)

September 21, 2017 in Books, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, September 11, 2017

Filipinos, the Latinos of Asia?

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

From the Bookshelves: Guerrilla Guides to Law Teaching: Immigration Law

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Here is a guide on immigration law teaching in a movement moment by Caitlin Barry with key contributions by Jaya Ramji-Nogales.  Here is the introduction:

"Teaching immigration law in the doctrinal or clinical context in current times provides rich opportunities to interrogate questions of race, power and agency, and to center lawyering principles that recognize and emphasize the many ways in which lawyers can support organized movements for social change. While immigration law courses tend to either follow a traditional chronological series of constitutional cases or take a practical approach to training students on immigration agency procedures, the following suggestions offer opportunities to consider the lived experiences of migrants directly impacted by these laws and policies, discuss how immigration law has been used to enforce structural racial, economic and gender hierarchies, and reflect on how organized resistance has shaped the evolution of immigration law."

KJ

September 6, 2017 in Books, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, August 31, 2017

From the Bookshelves: The Sacco-Vanzetti Affair: America on Trial  by Moshik Temkin

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The Sacco-Vanzetti Affair: America on Trial  by Moshik Temkin (Yale University Press, 2011)

What began as the obscure local case of two Italian immigrant anarchists accused of robbery and murder flared into an unprecedented political and legal scandal as the perception grew that their conviction was a judicial travesty and their execution a political murder. This book is the first to reveal the full national and international scope of the Sacco-Vanzetti affair, uncovering how and why the two men became the center of a global cause célèbre that shook public opinion and transformed America’s relationship with the world.


Drawing on extensive research on two continents, and written with verve, this book connects the Sacco-Vanzetti affair to the most polarizing political and social concerns of its era. Moshik Temkin contends that the worldwide attention to the case was generated not only by the conviction that innocent men had been condemned for their radical politics and ethnic origins but also as part of a reaction to U.S. global supremacy and isolationism after World War I. The author further argues that the international protest, which helped make Sacco and Vanzetti famous men, ultimately provoked their executions. The book concludes by investigating the affair’s enduring repercussions and what they reveal about global political action, terrorism, jingoism, xenophobia, and the politics of our own time.

Temkin looks at what the Sacco-Vanzetti case can tell us about immigration politics today in this post on The Conversation.

KJ

August 31, 2017 in Books, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, August 21, 2017

From the Bookshelves: Latinos in the United States: What everyone Needs to Know by Ilan Stavans

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Latinos in the United States:  What Everyone Needs to Know® by Ilan Stavans (December 2017)

  • Provides a comprehensive view of Latinos from an interdisciplinary perspective
  • Argues that Latino Americans, more than any other minority group, will redefine the way the United States understands itself
  • Explores the ways acculturation is leading to a new "mestizo" identity that is part Hispanic and part American

KJ

August 21, 2017 in Books, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, August 18, 2017

Mila Kunis on Her Family's Immigration

 

From our pop culture cornerMila Kunis, an Immigrant of the Day in August 2007, has offered a succinct immigration story in a new book of immigration stories.  A refugee who came to the United States, Kunis has been critical of President's Trump immigration policies.

The creators of the television show Fresh Off the Boat have joined forces with celebrities to remind people of the humans behind immigration. In the upcoming book Six Words Fresh Off the Boat, Mila Kunis contributed a story about immigration using only six words. Her message provides one example of the hope that immigration can bring.

For Six Words Fresh Off the Boat, the creator of Fresh Off the Boat, Nahnatchka Khan, and the show’s executive producer, Melvin Marr, partnered with Six-Word Memoirs to focus on immigration — and Kunis shared her own six words on the topic:

“A better life for our children.”

Kunis’ parents gave her and her brother a better life, and she’s now passing that on to her two children with Ashton Kutcher — their daughter, Wyatt, and their son, Dimitri.

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The book Six Words Fresh Off the Boat, available next month,marries the phenomenon of Larry Smith's successful Six-Word Memoirs with ABC and 20th Century Fox Television's hit comedy Fresh Off the Boat. The book captures hundreds of takes on the immigration experience, from every-day people as well as world-famous celebrities including Aziz Ansari, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Julianne Moore, Mario Batali, George Takei, Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer, Billy Collins, Junot Diaz, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
 
KJ

August 18, 2017 in Books, Current Affairs, Film & Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, August 17, 2017

From the Bookshelves: China’s Great Migration How the Poor Built a Prosperous Nation by Bradley M. Gardner

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China’s Great Migration How the Poor Built a Prosperous Nation by Bradley M. Gardner

China’s rise over the past several decades has lifted more than half of its population out of poverty and reshaped the global economy. What has caused this dramatic transformation? In China’s Great Migration: How the Poor Built a Prosperous Nation, author Bradley Gardner looks at one of the most important but least discussed forces pushing China’s economic development: the migration of more than 260 million people from their birthplaces to China’s most economically vibrant cities. By combining an analysis of China’s political economy with current scholarship on the role of migration in economic development, China’s Great Migration shows how the largest economic migration in the history of the world has led to a bottom-up transformation of China.

Gardner draws from his experience as a researcher and journalist working in China to investigate why people chose to migrate and the social and political consequences of their decisions. In the aftermath of China's Cultural Revolution, the collapse of totalitarian government control allowed millions of people to skirt migration restrictions and move to China’s growing cities, where they offered a massive pool of labor that propelled industrial development, foreign investment, and urbanization. Struggling to respond to the demands of these migrants, the Chinese government loosened its grip on the economy, strengthening property rights and allowing migrants to employ themselves and each other, spurring the Chinese economic miracle.

More than simply a narrative of economic progress, China’s Great Migration tells the human story of China’s transformation, featuring interviews with the men and women whose way of life has been remade. In its pages, readers will learn about the rebirth of a country and millions of lives changed, hear what migration can tell us about the future of China, and discover what China’s development can teach the rest of the world about the role of market liberalization and economic migration in fighting poverty and creating prosperity.

KJ

August 17, 2017 in Books, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

From the Bookshelves: We Are Syrians, editors Adam Braver and Abby DeVeuve

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In their new book We Are Syrians, editors Adam Braver and Abby DeVeuve have collected the stories of three Syrian dissidents: SAR scholars Naila Al-Atrash, a theatre director; Radwan Ziadeh, an intellectual; and Sana Mustafa, a student organizer. When the Assad government wanted to silence them, they refused to stop making their voices heard. They organized, they protested, they made art. Scholars at Risk is proud to have helped with the formation of We Are Syrians, a project that grew out of a Roger Williams University Student Advocacy Seminar, and to have provided support to the scholars profiled. All author proceeds are donated to Scholars at Risk’s Emergency Fund.

For more information on We Are Syrians and how to order your copy, visit the Scholars at Risk website.

KJ

August 15, 2017 in Books, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

From the Bookshelves: Grace Tulasan, The Body Papers

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Grace Talusan has been named the winner of the 2017 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing for her book The Body Papers. In their citation, the judges called The Body Papers "a remarkable memoir" that trains "an unflinching eye on the most delicate and fraught contours of her own life as an immigrant and survivor of trauma and illness.... The Body Papers may be Grace Talusan’s debut, but it is the considered, artful work of one who has been processing these experiences with the diligence and courage of a true writer." Talusan is a Fulbright Fellow and a graduate of the MFA Program in Writing at the University of California, Irvine.

KJ

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Monday, July 31, 2017

From the Bookshelves: Hallelujah Dave by David Valdez

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Hallelujah Dave by David Valdez  (2016)

A boy of Mexican immigrants has an unusual gift, the recollection of his birth. As he grows up in Middle America, he is rocked between mischief and love, elation and despair. He becomes entangled in the hippie movement of the ’60s. Later, in the midst of his chemistry studies at the University of Illinois, he becomes ensnarled in the Vietnam antiwar movement. It is there, in high school and college, where his life goals are crystallized and he maps out his life. There are things that he must do and must become. Yet somehow, impacting him are three short letters he received in his life and a chance meeting that changes everything. Though he tries, he cannot escape his future. It was made with hands bigger than his own.

KJ

 

July 31, 2017 in Books, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

In California's poultry plants, refugees are vital to the workforce

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From the days of chronicled in Upton Sinclair's famous 1906 book The Jungle, immigrants, including undocumented immigrants, long have toiled in the meatpacking industry,  Today, immigrants, from Nebraska to Arkansas in America's heartland, immigrant workers dominate the meatpacking industry.  Cindy Carcamo for the Los Angeles Times reports that, in California, most of the meatpacking industry is located in the Central Valley. It has become one of the biggest employers for refugee resettlement agencies and other nonprofits aiding the population in those areas.  Middle Eastern refugees are now an important part of the meatpacking industry's workforce.

KJ

July 31, 2017 in Books, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, July 29, 2017

From the Bookshelves: Anchor Babies and the Challenge of Birthright Citizenship by Leo R, Chavez

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Birthright citizenship has a deep and contentious history in the United States, one often hard to square in a country that prides itself on being "a nation of immigrants." Even as the question of citizenship for children of immigrants was seemingly settled by the Fourteenth Amendment, vitriolic debate has continued for well over a century, especially in relation to U.S. race relations. Most recently, a provocative and decidedly more offensive term than birthright citizenship has emerged: "anchor babies."

With this book, Leo R. Chavez explores the question of birthright citizenship, and of citizenship in the United States writ broadly, as he counters the often hyperbolic claims surrounding these so-called anchor babies. Chavez considers how the term is used as a political dog whistle, how changes in the legal definition of citizenship have affected the children of immigrants over time, and, ultimately, how U.S.-born citizens still experience trauma if they live in families with undocumented immigrants. By examining this pejorative term in its political, historical, and social contexts, Chavez calls upon us to exorcise it from public discourse and work toward building a more inclusive nation.

About the author

Leo R. Chavez is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of The Latino Threat: Constructing Immigrants, Citizens, and the Nation (Stanford, 2008, 2013), among other books.

KJ

July 29, 2017 in Books, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

From the Bookshelves: Steven W. Bender, How the West Was Juan: Reimagining the U.S./Mexico Border

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Steven W. Bender, How the West Was Juan:  Reimagining the U.S./Mexico Border 

Imagine the United States losing the 1846 war, ending up a federation of 44 states [bordering] Alto México (with an acute accent over the "e"), one of the world's major economies, Spanglish its lingua franca. Its borders? As abstruse as the ones defeating us today. If you think this is a Leibnitzian universe (or perhaps one of Kellyanne Conway's alternative facts), read Steven W. Bender's prescient How the West Was Juan. It might show us the way out of this perverse prison we call "reality."

Ilan Stavans, author of Laughing Matters: Conversations on Humor and Quixote: The Novel and the World

A Pandora's box is opened in the hands of a master of law and cultural studies as well as history. Playful, yet historically and legally researched, How the West Was Juan demarcates a new territory for the physical, psychological, moral, and spiritual borders of our country, as well as deconstructing the inaccuracy of our traditional history books. Bender keeps us entertained with his kneading of geographical facts with history and current events, allowing us to envision different, possible borderlands, and throwing a scholarly wrench into the notion of border and belonging, as well as appropriated spaces.

Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, author of Word Images: New Perspectives on Canícula and Other Works by Norma Elia Cantú

[A] tightly packed, state by state review of the history, geography, demography, and economy of a confiscated region, Steven Bender's imagined unwinding of the U.S. seizure of 54% of Mexico's territory is excellent and engaging.

Raymond Caballero, author of Orozco, The Life and Death of a Mexican Revolutionary; Mayor, El Paso, TX (2001-03)

Steven W. Bender, a law professor and associate dean for planning and strategic initiatives at Seattle University School of Law, is the author of several books encompassing legal, cultural, political, and historical issues.

KJ

July 27, 2017 in Books | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Immigrant of the Day: Ballerina Michaela DePrince, Sierra Leone

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Photo courtesy the official Michaela DePrince website

Born in Sierra Leone, ballet dancer Michaela DePrince was orphaned at the age of three. Born Mabinty Bangura to a Muslim family, she was sent to an orphanage where the "aunties" who cared for the children believed that her skin condition, vitiligo, was a curse and called her the "devil’s child."  In 1999, DePrince was adopted by a U.S. couple. Inspired by a picture of a ballerina she saw on a magazine in Sierra Leone, DePrince trained as a ballet dancer, winning a scholarship for the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at the American Ballet Theatre. In 2013, she joined the Dutch National Ballet.

DePrince tells her story in the book Taking Flight:  From War Orphan to Star Ballerina.

 

 

KJ

 

July 18, 2017 in Books, Current Affairs, Film & Television, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

From the Bookshelves: Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer: Undocumented Vignettes from a Pre-American Life by Alberto Ledesma

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Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer: Undocumented Vignettes from a Pre-American Life by Alberto Ledesma

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Friday, July 14, 2017

From the Bookshelves: Latinos in Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia, edited by Professor José Luis Morín

 

This September 2016 conference held at John Jay College of Criminal Justice marked the publication of Latinos in Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia, edited by Professor José Luis Morín, the first comprehensive text on Latina/os and the U.S. criminal justice system with data, research, analysis, and evidence that sets straight common misperceptions about Latina/os and crime.

This unique compilation of essays and entries provides critical insights into the Latino/a experience with the U.S. criminal justice system.

Concerns about immigration's relationship to crime make accurate information and critical analysis of the utmost importance. Latinos and Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia promotes understanding of Latinas and Latinos and the U.S. criminal justice system, at the same time dispelling popular misconceptions about this population and criminal activity in the United States.

Unlike a traditional encyclopedia comprised solely of A–Z entries, this work consists of two parts. Part I offers detailed essays on particularly important topics. Part II provides brief, A–Z entries. Topics are crossreferenced to enable easy research. Among the wide range of topics covered are policing and police misconduct, incarceration, the war on drugs, gangs, border crime, and racial profiling. Historically important issues and events relative to the Latino experience of criminal justice in the United States are also included, as are key legal cases.

Features

  • Topical essays that provide context to major contemporary issues, such as immigrants and crime, drugs, youth, U.S.-Mexico border crime, policing, and prisons
  • Shorter, A–Z entries on a wide range of additional topics
  • Extensive bibliographies identifying further readings in the subject area

Highlights

  • Provides vital information at a time when questions and controversies swirl about Latinos in the United States
  • Addresses key areas of concern with respect to Latinos and crime, immigration, drugs, gangs, and police policies and practices in Latino and African American communities
  • Documents the often-forgotten history of Latinos in the United States, from the Greaser Act and zoot-suit riots to the contemporary experience of Latinos facing racial profiling and controversial immigration legislation
  • Contains both long essays that provide context and depth of discussion and shorter essays for quick reference on specific topics     
  • Latinos criminal justice
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July 14, 2017 in Books, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, July 7, 2017

From the Bookshelves: Burning Bridges: America's 20-Year Crusade To Deport Labor Leader Harry Bridges by Peter Afrasiabi

 
 
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Soon to be a major motion picture and based on declassified FBI documents, including secret documents from J. Edgar Hoover's vault and never-before-published National Archives documents, Burning Bridges is the first detailed account of the twenty-year legal campaign waged by government lawyers and policymakers, in secret conjunction with private enterprise, to deport labor leader Harry Bridges. Set in the middle decades of the twentieth century during the Cold War, this is a story of bribery, perjury, and wiretaps; of secret FBI investigations, witness intimidation, and secret deals; and of assassination attempts, overzealous government prosecutors, and larger-than-life defense lawyers risking prison defending their clients.

Three-quarters of a century on, the legacy of the Harry Bridges trials still haunts America s legal system and is critical to assess because Americans today again confront aggressive prosecutorial and police action and a modern surveillance state with the greatest threat of government intrusions into civil liberties since Bridges' era.

Bridges was the center player in Bridges v. Wixon, the 1945 Supreme Court decision.

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KJ

July 7, 2017 in Books, Current Affairs, Film & Television | Permalink | Comments (0)