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The Immigrant Story is an American Story

Curated by Chitra Divakaruni


About the Curator
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author, poet, activist, and author of 18 books.

About the Folio

For centuries, people from many nations have arrived in America, carrying in their hearts excitement and trepidation — and memories of the cultures they have left behind. America has transformed them, and they in turn have transformed America. This folio invites you to experience six tales of arrival, struggle and triumph: from China and Afghanistan, Cuba and Ireland, Mexico and Nigeria. Powerful, heartrending and magical, these books will remind you that immigration is etched deep into the American story.

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The Woman Warrior

The Woman Warrior

By Maxine Hong Kingston
This award-winning memoir, which I read while in graduate school, left an indelible impression on me. It made me realize the power of immigrant stories and pushed me to become a writer and depict my own community’s journey to America. It moves between the gritty Chinatown of the author’s childhood in Northern California, and the China of her ancestors, replete with myth and magic, violence and triumph. It is a timeless classic, focused around the women in the author’s family—some heroic, some tragic, and some hilarious. Its fascinating ancestral stories and secrets just might ignite your desire to research your own family history.

Chitra Divakaruni

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