TUESDAY, JUNE 4 AT 7PM
THE GOOD IMMIGRANT: 26 WRITERS REFLECT ON AMERICA
EDITED BY NIKESH SHUKLA
in conversation with JADE CHANG AND DANI FERNANDEZ
"Its righteous rage is perfectly matched by its literary rewards." - 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.
Nikesh Shukla is a British writer and diversity activist. 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.
Jade Chang is the author of The Wangs vs. the World, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The Wangs has been named a New York Times Editors Choice as well as a Best Book of the Year by Amazon, Buzzfeed, Elle, and NPR, and was awarded the VCU/Cabell First Novelist prize.
DANI FERNANDEZ is an LA based writer, comedian, and actress. She is a host at Nerdist, has a wizarding comedy show "Live from WZRD" on VRV, and hosts a popular podcast on iHeartMedia called "Nerdificent". She can also be seen in animated form, playing herself, in Ralph Breaks the Internet.
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