The Good Immigrant: 26 Writers Reflect on America

The Good Immigrant: 26 Writers Reflect on America


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"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." — The Washington Post

From Trump's proposed border wall and travel ban to the marching of White Supremacists in Charlottesville, America is consumed by tensions over immigration and the question of which bodies are welcome. In this much-anticipated follow-up to the bestselling UK edition, hailed by Zadie Smith as "lively and vital," editors Nikesh Shukla and Chimene Suleyman hand the microphone to an incredible range of writers whose humanity and right to be here is under attack.

  • 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.

These writers, and the many others in this urgent collection, share powerful personal stories of living between cultures and languages while struggling to figure out who they are and where they belong. By turns heartbreaking and hilarious, troubling and uplifting, the essays in The Good Immigrant come together to create a provocative, conversation-sparking, multivocal portrait of America now.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316524285
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 02/19/2019
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 107,759
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

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.

Table of Contents

Editors' Note xi

How to Write Iranian-America, or The Last Essay Porochista Khakpour 3

Swimmer Nicole Dennis-Benn 16

Sidra (in 12 Movements) Rahawa Haile 28

On the Blackness of the Panther Teju Cole 36

How Not to Be Priya Minhas 52

After Migration: The Once and Future Kings Walé Oyéjidé 67

On Loneliness Fatimah Asghar 81

Chooey-Booey and Brown Tejal Rao 93

Luck of the Irish Maeve Higgins 104

Her Name Was India Krutika Mallikarjuna 116

Shithole Nation Jim St. Germain 123

Blond Girls in Cheongsams Jenny Zhang 142

The Naked Man Chigozie Obioma 155

Your Father's Country Alexander Chee 169

The Long Answer Yann Mounir Demange 178

An American, Told Jean Hannah Edelstein 197

On Being Kim Kardashian Chimene Suleyman 210

Tour Diary Basim Usmani 223

Dispatches from the Language Wars Daniel José Older 241

Juana Azurduy Versus Christopher Columbus Adrián Sebastián Villar Rojas 248

No Es Suficiente Dani Fernandez 266

Skittles Fatima Farheen Mirza 276

Return to Macondo Susanne Ramírez de Arellano 287

244 Million Mona Chalabi 298

How to Center Your Own Story Jade Chang 301

Acknowledgments 315

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