Category: BOOKS

Mazie Hirono’s journey from poor immigrant to U.S. senator

Originally Published in The Washington Post Linda Killian - May 21, 2021 From left, Democratic Sens. Tammy Duckworth (Ill.), Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Mazie Hirono (Hawaii) hea ...

Eight books that celebrate AAPI joy

Originally Published in NBC News Victoria Namkung - May 19, 2021 From romantic comedies to cooking, memoir and photography, these books highlight some of the unique delights that come with being Asian American and Pa ...

In ‘Facing The Mountain’ Japanese-Americans Sacrifice For A Country That Spurns Them

Originally Published in NPR Michael Shaub - May 13, 2021 Facing the Mountain, by Daniel James Brown Viking In the middle of the Little Tokyo neighborhood of Los Angeles, there's a monument dedicated to the 4 ...

Before He Was the Bane of Immigrants, Joe Arpaio Was an Immigrant’s Son

Originally Published in The Daily Beast Terry Greene Sterling and Jude Joffe-Block - May 10, 2021 EXCERPT Joshua Lott/Getty The child of an Italian American grocer, Arpaio spent much of his li ...

The Original Sin of America’s Broken Immigration Courts

Originally Published in Mother Jones Isabela Dias - April 28, 2021 A new book reveals how this troubled system began with FDR and wartime paranoia. Trump speaks during an event to mark the 75th anniv ...

Poets and historians reevaluate the ‘nation of immigrants’ on a Festival of Books panel

Originally Published in the Los Angeles Times Aida Ylanan - April 18, 2021 Clockwise from top left: Daniel Hernandez, Adam Goodman, Anthony Cody, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo and Jia Lynn Yang. (Collage illustrat ...

A Picture Book About Children At The Border Aims To Spark Family Conversations

Originally Published in NPR Anya Kamenetz - April 12, 2021 A Spanish version of Hear My Voice/Escucha Mi Voz reads, "We entered the United States by crossing the Rio Grande on a raft that started to sink. I got wet ...

‘A Beginner’s Guide To America’ Shows Us The States Through New Eyes

Originally Published in NPR Scott Simon - March 20, 2021 Poet Roya Hakakian was a teenager when she came to the United States from Iran. In A Beginner's Guide to America, she describes what it's like to step off a ...

A debut novel about migration, family and survival is everything ‘American Dirt’ wasn’t

Originally Published in the Los Angeles Times Dorany Pineda - March 23, 2021 Gabriela Garcia’s debut novel “Of Women and Salt” follows five generations of women across the Cuban diaspora.  (Andria Lo) ...

After years of turmoil, ‘Dreamer’ and author Marcelo Hernandez Castillo is proud to put down California roots

Last month, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo bought a new couch. That might seem like a small thing, but it felt huge to the Yuba City, Calif.-based poet, whose lyrical memoir, “Children of the Land,” describes an upbringing l ...

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