How One Family Created Chinese America

The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America
by Mae Ngai

Reviewed by Angilee Shah

Hyphenated cultures seem to be a natural part of California’s landscape today, but it wasn’t always so. The Lucky Ones by Mae Ngai offers a fresh look at California history by reconstructing the lives of immigrant and second generation pioneers who lived between cultures when it was not such a common phenomenon. Ngai’s narrative brings Chinese Americans into a richer tradition of historical storytelling by humanizing an ambivalent, middle-class immigrant family, situating their …

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Taking Down a Mosque

Mohamed’s Ghosts: An American Story of Love and Fear in the Homeland
by Stephan Salisbury

Reviewed by Angilee Shah

The introduction to Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Stephan Salisbury’s investigative memoir Mohamed’s Ghosts is …

Beyond the Border Line

The Wind Doesn’t Need a Passport: Stories from the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands
by Tyche Hendricks

Reviewed by Erica E Phillips

Beyond its physical demarcation, the border between the United States and Mexico is, …

Why Rumors Matter

Gary Fine thinks rumors deserve a better reputation. “The people who spread them shouldn’t be insulted or denigrated,” he said. “We all spread rumors of various kinds, and the rumors …

Mark Kurlansky on Baseball in the Caribbean

Mark Kurlansky, best-selling author of Cod and Salt, spent several years covering the Caribbean for the Chicago Tribune in the 1980s, when he first came to the town to which …

How Coyote Capitalism Hurts Immigrants

Jeffrey Kaye, a special correspondent for PBS, argues that policies to encourage immigration may actually hurt immigrants. Governments, corporations, recruiters, and even human smugglers all participate in what Kaye, author …