The Good Immigrant USA

GUARDIAN MUST READ BOOKS OF 2019 'The you-gotta-read-this anthology' Stylist 'This collection showcases the joy, empathy and fierceness needed to adopt the country as one's own' Publishers Weekly An urgent collection of essays exploring ...

Author: Nikesh Shukla

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0349700354

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 336

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GUARDIAN MUST READ BOOKS OF 2019 'The you-gotta-read-this anthology' Stylist 'This collection showcases the joy, empathy and fierceness needed to adopt the country as one's own' Publishers Weekly An urgent collection of essays by first- and second-generation immigrants, exploring what it's like to be othered in an increasingly divided America. 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 in the US 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 nineties 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 singular 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 USA come together to create a provocative, conversation-sparking, multi-vocal portrait of America now. Essays from: Porochista Khakpour; Nicole Dennis-Benn; Rahawa Haile; Teju Cole; Priya Minhas; Walé Oyéjidé; Fatimah Asghar; Tejal Rao; Maeve Higgins; Krutika Mallikarjuna; Jim St. Germain; Jenny Zhang; Chigozie Obioma; Alexander Chee; Yann Demange; Jean Hannah Edelstein; Chimene Suleyman; Basim Usmani; Daniel José Older; Adrián Villar Rojas; Sebastián Villar Rojas; Dani Fernandez; Fatima Farheen Mirza; Susanne Ramírez de Arellano; Mona Chalabi; Jade Chang

The Good Immigrant

How does it feel to go 'home' to India when your home is really London? What is it like to feel you always have to be an ambassador for your race? How does it feel to always tick 'Other'?

Author: Nikesh Shukla


ISBN: 9781783523955


Page: 272

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How does it feel to be constantly regarded as a potential threat, strip-searched at every airport? Or be told that, as an actress, the part you're most fitted to play is 'wife of a terrorist'? How does it feel to have words from your native language misused, misappropriated and used aggressively towards you? How does it feel to hear a child of colour say in a classroom that stories can only be about white people? How does it feel to go 'home' to India when your home is really London? What is it like to feel you always have to be an ambassador for your race? How does it feel to always tick 'Other'? Bringing together 21 exciting black, Asian and minority ethnic voices emerging in Britain today, The Good Immigrant explores why immigrants come to the UK, why they stay and what it means to be 'other' in a country that doesn't seem to want you, doesn't truly accept you - however many generations you've been here - but still needs you for its diversity monitoring forms. Inspired by discussion around why society appears to deem people of colour as bad immigrants - job stealers, benefit scroungers, undeserving refugees - until, by winning Olympic races or baking good cakes, or being conscientious doctors, they cross over and become good immigrants, editor Nikesh Shukla has compiled a collection of essays that are poignant, challenging, angry, humorous, heartbreaking, polemic, weary and - most importantly - real.

The Good Immigrants

In contrast, The Good Immigrants considers immigration from the perspective of Chinese elites—intellectuals, businessmen, and students—who gained entrance because of immigration exemptions.

Author: Madeline Y. Hsu

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400866375

Category: History

Page: 352

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Conventionally, US immigration history has been understood through the lens of restriction and those who have been barred from getting in. In contrast, The Good Immigrants considers immigration from the perspective of Chinese elites—intellectuals, businessmen, and students—who gained entrance because of immigration exemptions. Exploring a century of Chinese migrations, Madeline Hsu looks at how the model minority characteristics of many Asian Americans resulted from US policies that screened for those with the highest credentials in the most employable fields, enhancing American economic competitiveness. The earliest US immigration restrictions targeted Chinese people but exempted students as well as individuals who might extend America's influence in China. Western-educated Chinese such as Madame Chiang Kai-shek became symbols of the US impact on China, even as they patriotically advocated for China's modernization. World War II and the rise of communism transformed Chinese students abroad into refugees, and the Cold War magnified the importance of their talent and training. As a result, Congress legislated piecemeal legal measures to enable Chinese of good standing with professional skills to become citizens. Pressures mounted to reform American discriminatory immigration laws, culminating with the 1965 Immigration Act. Filled with narratives featuring such renowned Chinese immigrants as I. M. Pei, The Good Immigrants examines the shifts in immigration laws and perceptions of cultural traits that enabled Asians to remain in the United States as exemplary, productive Americans.

Reform Without Justice

But they are willing to accept the established terms of the debate on immigration
reform within the good immigrant–bad immigrant binary. Thus immigration
reformers reject using arguments around racial justice or human rights and favor
a ...

Author: Alfonso Gonzales

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190203269

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

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Placed within the context of the past decade's war on terror and emergent Latino migrant movement, Reform without Justice addresses the issue of state violence against migrants in the United States. It questions what forces are driving draconian migration control policies and why it is that, despite its success in mobilizing millions, the Latino migrant movement and its allies have not been able to more successfully defend the rights of migrants. Gonzales argues that the contemporary Latino migrant movement and its allies face a dynamic form of political power that he terms "anti-migrant hegemony". This type of political power is exerted in multiple sites of power from Congress, to think tanks, talk shows and local government institutions, through which a rhetorically race neutral and common sense public policy discourse is deployed to criminalize migrants. Most insidiously anti-migrant hegemony allows for large sectors of "pro-immigrant" groups to concede to coercive immigration enforcement measures such as a militarized border wall and the expansion of immigration policing in local communities in exchange for so-called Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Given this reality, Gonzales sustains that most efforts to advance immigration reform will fail to provide justice for migrants. This is because proposed reform measures ignore the neoliberal policies driving migration and reinforce the structures of state violence used against migrants to the detriment of democracy for all. Reform without Justice concludes by discussing how Latino migrant activists - especially youth - and their allies can change this reality and help democratize the United States.

Immigrant Integration

Our immigration policies and programs have oscillated over the last century
between economic self-interest and ... Neo-liberal criteria and logics have
contributed to these shifts, since they identify the “goodimmigrant and citizen as
the ...

Author: Kenise Murphy Kilbride

Publisher: Canadian Scholars’ Press

ISBN: 1551305682

Category: Canada

Page: 354

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Examining the issues and challenges facing immigrants as they attempt to integrate successfully into Canadian society, Immigrant Integration is a multidisciplinary compendium of research papers, most of which were presented at the 14th National Metropolis Conference, held in Toronto in 2012. This book addresses the growing economic and educational inequality among immigrants and racialized populations in Canada and seeks to guard against further inequities. The authors address policy issues, newcomers' health and well-being, cultural challenges, and resilience in immigrant communities. Each chapter concludes with a clear set of policy recommendations indicating how those in government and the broader public, private, and non-profit sectors can help newcomers integrate, as well as welcome them as significantly contributing members of Canadian society. Thorough and relevant, this book includes the research of academics, policy-makers, and experts from a wide range of disciplines, including sociology, immigration and settlement, public policy, social work, and geography. With a sense of urgency, these essays illustrate the existing and developing strains that Canadian public policy has created and will continue to create unless built upon the evidence current research has produced.

The Gift of the Other

And of course, if I want to know in advance who is the good one, who is the bad
one—in advance!—if I want to have an available criterion to distinguish between
the good immigrant and the bad immigrant, then I would have no relation with the

Author: Andrew Shepherd

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630873411

Category: Religion

Page: 276

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We live in an age of global capitalism and terror. In a climate of consumption and fear the unknown Other is regarded as a threat to our safety, a client to assist, or a competitor to be overcome in the struggle for scarce resources. And yet, the Christian Scriptures explicitly summon us to welcome strangers, to care for the widow and the orphan, and to build relationships with those distant from us. But how, in this world of hostility and commodification, do we practice hospitality? In The Gift of the Other, Andrew Shepherd engages deeply with the influential thought of French thinkers Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida, and argues that a true vision of hospitality is ultimately found not in postmodern philosophies but in the Christian narrative. The book offers a compelling Trinitarian account of the God of hospitality--a God of communion who "makes room" for otherness, who overcomes the hostility of the world though Jesus' life, death, and resurrection, and who through the work of the Spirit is forming a new community: the Church--a people of welcome.

The Immigration Crucible

This position can, at times, be drawn into making distinctions between “good” and
“bad” immigrants (which are used to emphasize that the immigration reform
movement is only advocating on behalf of the “goodimmigrants; see Kateel and

Author: Philip Kretsedemas

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231527322

Category: Law

Page: 224

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In the debate over U. S. immigration, all sides now support policy and practice that expand the parameters of enforcement. Philip Kretsedemas examines this development from several different perspectives, exploring recent trends in U.S. immigration policy, the rise in extralegal state power over the course of the twentieth century, and discourses on race, nation, and cultural difference that have influenced politics and academia. He also analyzes the recent expansion of local immigration law and explains how forms of extralegal discretionary authority have become more prevalent in federal immigration policy, making the dispersion of local immigration laws possible. While connecting such extralegal state powers to a free flow position on immigration, Kretsedemas also observes how these same discretionary powers have been used historically to control racial minority populations, particularly African Americans under Jim Crow. This kind of discretionary authority often appeals to "states rights" arguments, recently revived by immigration control advocates. Using these and other examples, Kretsedemas explains how both sides of the immigration debate have converged on the issue of enforcement and how, despite differing interests, each faction has shaped the commonsense assumptions defining the debate.

Report of the Minister of Agriculture for the Dominion of Canada for the Year Ended March 31

Provided they are in all respects duly qualified , that is , in the enjoyment of good
health and physique , of an age ranging ... The unsuitable and undesirable
immigrants are the habitual drunkard , the idle , immoral and criminal classes of
both ...

Author: Canada. Department of Agriculture



Category: Agriculture


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Strangers at Our Gates

But still the government persisted in promoting the immigration of agriculturalists.
To the end of his days Sifton clung obstinately to his cherished belief that the only
good immigrant was an agricultural immigrant. GRowING DIsCoRD ON THE ...

Author: Valerie Knowles

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 1554882982

Category: History

Page: 240

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In this crisply written history, Valerie Knowles describes the different kinds of immigrants who have settled in Canada, and the immigration policies that have helped to define the character of Canadian immigrants over the centuries.

Annual Report

I have reason to know from the experience of the past sixteen years how
important it is that an immigrant ' s first ... The contented settler is always a good
immigration agent , as he invariably endeavours to induce his friends to join him ,
and it is ...

Author: Canada. Department of the Interior





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Annual Report of the Department of the Interior for the Fiscal Year Ending

I have reason to know from the experience of the past sixteen years how
important it is that an immigrant's first ... The contented settler is always a good
immigration agent , as he invariably endeavours to induce his friends to join him ,
and it is ...

Author: Canada. Dept. of the Interior





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Our Day

THE REGULATION OF IMMIGRATION , The present new immigration law defines
more accurately the classes of immigrants that are to be excluded , and it ... The
only real test is whether an immigrant is a good immigrant or a bad immigrant ?




Category: Church and the world


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Our Day

The present new immigration law defines more accurately the classes of
immigrants that are to be excluded , and it expressly requires a more stringent
and ... The only real test is whether an immigrant is a good immigrant or a bad
immigrant ?

Author: Joseph Cook



Category: Social problems


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Transcultural Cities

Reframing Immigration Politics through PAR Critical scholars have discussed
how the framing of immigration as a ... Many of the students strategically
mobilized neoliberal discourses of meritocracy, family values, and the "good

Author: Jeffrey Hou

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135122040

Category: Architecture

Page: 336

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Transcultural Cities uses a framework of transcultural placemaking, cross-disciplinary inquiry and transnational focus to examine a collection of case studies around the world, presented by a multidisciplinary group of scholars and activists in architecture, urban planning, urban studies, art, environmental psychology, geography, political science, and social work. The book addresses the intercultural exchanges as well as the cultural trans-formation that takes place in urban spaces. In doing so, it views cultures not in isolation from each other in today’s diverse urban environments, but as mutually influenced, constituted and transformed. In cities and regions around the globe, migrations of people have continued to shape the makeup and making of neighborhoods, districts, and communities. For instance, in North America, new immigrants have revitalized many of the decaying urban landscapes, creating renewed cultural ambiance and economic networks that transcend borders. In Richmond, BC Canada, an Asian night market has become a major cultural event that draws visitors throughout the region and across the US and Canadian border. Across the Pacific, foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong transform the deserted office district in Central on weekends into a carnivalesque site. While contributing to the multicultural vibes in cities, migration and movements have also resulted in tensions, competition, and clashes of cultures between different ethnic communities, old-timers, newcomers, employees and employers, individuals and institutions. In Transcultural Cities Jeffrey Hou and a cross-disciplinary team of authors argue for a more critical and open approach that sees today’s cities, urban places, and placemaking as vehicles for cross-cultural understanding.

Language Immigration and Labor

the. Good. Worker. Mainstream America regularly perceives Latino/a immigrants
—and day laborers in particular—as a facelessmass ofunskilled
Spanishspeakers. Locallyandnationally constructed discourses that denigrate
Latino/a immigrant ...

Author: E. DuBord

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137301023

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 184

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This book explores dominant ideologies about citizenship, nation, and language that frame the everyday lives of Spanish-speaking immigrant day laborers in Arizona. It examines the value of speaking English in this context and the dynamics of intercultural communication in fast-paced job negotiations.

Music and Modern Art

William B . Rhoads , “ The Colonial Revival and the Americanization of
Immigrants , " in Alan Axelrod , ed . , The Colonial ... 22 ) even presents himself
as a multiethnic American of the “ goodimmigrant variety : “ I am a mixture of
Irish , Scotch ...

Author: James Leggio

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780815331018

Category: Music

Page: 248

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Music and Modern Art adopts an interdisciplinary approach to the relationship between these two fields of creative endeavor.

The Forum

... and radical policy of excluding those who in general tern may be called good
immigrants , for the reason that however ... beyond the necessities of the journe
to the ultimate destination in this country of a good immigrant or good family , is ...




Category: United States


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Report of the West India Royal Commission

Further reductions would be injudicious , because there is little inducement for
well - to - do immigrants to remain in the country , and a further ... In good years a
good immigrant was worth double migrant was worth double that amount . A
good ...

Author: Great Britain. West India Royal Commission, 1897





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Safe Haven A History of Refugees in America

Part of being a good immigrant is fitting in, and part of fitting in involves the
conventional categories that Americans use to identify themselves and others.
Some of those categories are "hard" ones and assignment to them is difficult to
avoid, ...

Author: David W. Haines

Publisher: Kumarian Press

ISBN: 1565493958

Category: Law

Page: 256

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The notion of America as land of refuge is vital to American civic consciousness yet over the past seventy years the country has had a complicated and sometimes erratic relationship with its refugee populations. Attitudes and actions toward refugees from the government, voluntary organizations, and the general public have ranged from acceptance to rejection; from well-wrought program efforts to botched policy decisions. Drawing on a wide range of contemporary and historical material, and based on the author s three-decade experience in refugee research and policy, "Safe Haven?" provides an integrated portrait of this crucial component of American immigration and of American engagement with the world. Covering seven decades of immigration history, Haines shows how refugees and their American hosts continue to struggle with national and ethnic identities and the effect this struggle has had on American institutions and attitudes.

Exploring Transculturalism

“It's my own stuff”: The Negotiations and Multiplicity of Ethnic Identities among
Young Women of Middle Eastern Backgrounds in Sweden Serine Haghverdian I
have never heard anybody in the media talk about a good immigrant girl.

Author: Wolfgang Berg

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3531924400

Category: Social Science

Page: 180

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1. 2 Culture and Identity in a Postmodern World Michel Foucault’s statement that: “The present epoch will perhaps be above all the epoch of space. We are in the epoch of simultaneity; we are in the epoch of juxtaposition” (M. Foucault 1986: 22) heralded a new approach to identity in the contemporary world by suggesting that one’s identity is formed not as a result of the cultural and national values and history one has inherited, but rather as a result of the different spaces through which one travels. In other words, one’s identity is no longer perceived as an inherited construct but rather as something flexible that changes as one moves through the more fluid spaces of the contemporary, globalized world and internalizes a mixture of the different cultures and ideas that one encounters. The idealized contemporary traveller will thus effortlessly cross national and cultural borders and negotiate a constantly changing and flexible identity for himself. Andy Bennett argues that it is no longer even possible to conceive of identity as a static entity, forged from a communal history and value system, because all of the traditional certainties on which identity formation were based in the past have been fatally undermined by a postmodernist flux and fluidity: “Once clearly demarcated by relatively static and ethnically homogenous communities, the ‘spaces’ and ‘places’ of everyday life are now highly pluralistic and contested, and are constantly being defined and redefined through processes of relocation and cultural hybridisation” (A.