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.
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About the Author
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