The Chosen Shore

The Chosen Shore

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A Korean street child is adopted into an upper-middle-class suburban home. A Vietnamese monk dishes up fast food to fund a spiritual center. A woman saves for a home back in Ghana, where she will never live. All are immigrants to the United States, known to most of their fellow Americans only as statistics. The stories that statistics can't tell unfold in this book, in which twenty-three recent immigrants recall navigating the paradoxes, pitfalls, and triumphs of becoming Americans. Candid, evocative, and richly detailed, their oral histories comprise a compelling portrait of the changing face of the American population. In venues from the qSan Francisco Chronicle qto the qNew York Times, qEllen Alexander Conley's fiction has been hailed as qwonderful, q qimpassioned, q and qmemorable.q Conley brings the same passion and skill to her depiction of our nation's most recent arrivals. These personal histories, along with Conley's thoughtful overview of literature on immigration, give us a firsthand sense of what it means to become an American.In her 1999 essay aquot;Personal Narratives ... forms for sociologists, while advancing theoretical debates on issues such as social reproduction and social change, and connections between personal life, social institutions, and social structure.


Title:The Chosen Shore
Author: Ellen Alexander Conley
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 2004
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