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A map is only one story : twenty writers on immigration, family, and the meaning of home

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Summary

From rediscovering an ancestral village in China to experiencing the realities of American life as a Nigerian, the search for belonging crosses borders and generations. Selected from the archives of Catapult magazine, the essays in A Map Is Only One Story highlight the human side of immigration policies and polarized rhetoric, as twenty writers share provocative personal stories of existing between languages and cultures.

Victoria Blanco relates how those with family in both El Paso and Ciudad Juárez experience life on the border. Nina Li Coomes recalls the heroines of Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki and what they taught her about her bicultural identity. Nur Nasreen Ibrahim details her grandfather's crossing of the India-Pakistan border sixty years after Partition. Krystal A. Sital writes of how undocumented status in the United States can impact love and relationships. Porochista Khakpour describes the challenges in writing (and rewriting) Iranian America. Through the power of personal narratives, as told by both emerging and established writers, A Map Is Only One Story offers a new definition of home in the twenty-first century.

Contents
Introduction / Nicole Chung and Mensah Demary
Why we cross the border in El Paso / Victoria Blanco
A map of lost things / Jamila Osman
My Indian passport is a bitch / Deepti Kapoor
This hell is not mine / Kenechi Uzor
Arab past, American present / Lauren Alwan
How to write about your ancestral village / Steph Wong Ken
Carefree white girls, careful brown girls / Cinelle Barnes
Return to partition / Nur Nasreen Ibrahim
Undocumented lovers in America / Krystal A. Sital
Say it with noodles / Shing Yin Khor
My grandmother's patois and other keys to survival / Sharine Taylor
The dress / Soraya Membreno
What Miyazaki's heroines taught me / Nina Li Coomes
How to stop saying sorry when things aren't your fault / Kamna Muddagouni
The wailing / Nadia Owusu
Writing letters to Mao / Jennifer S. Cheng
Dead-guy shirts and motel kids / Niina Pollari
Mourning my birthplace / Natalia Sylvester
Should I apply for citizenship? / Bix Gabriel
How to write Iranian America; or, the last essay / Porochista Khakpour.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "How do we define who we are? Where do we look for our origins? What pieces of place border lines, citizenship status, recipes handed down generations do we connect with our core identities? Catapult editors Chung (All You Can Ever Know, 2018) and Demary (co-author of Common's memoir Let Love Have the Last Word, 2019) have gathered from the magazine's archives this anthology of personal essays centering on home and identity. Contributions grapple with migration to new countries and cultures, finding a sense of home, and growing up with legacies of other homes. Cinelle Barnes writes to the white surfing instructor who worked as a drug runner while Barnes herself tried to live quietly without documentation. In a beautifully-drawn graphic essay, Shing Yin Khor depicts their grandmother's noodles to show how food can convey love. Sharine Taylor describes her grandmother hiding her Jamaican Patois to blend in while living in Toronto. Each narrative draws readers close, offering sight lines into private lives and conflicts. The talented writers gathered here offer wide-ranging perspectives essential for our current environment.--Laura Chanoux Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Catapult magazine editor and memoirist Chung (All You Can Ever Know) and Catapult founder Demary (coauthor, Let Love Have the Last Word) show how "literature can provide a pathway to greater empathy and understanding" in this collection of essays gleaned from the magazine's archives and focused on the theme of immigration to the U.S. (and, in one piece, Canada). It features writers from the world over, including both documented and undocumented immigrants, as well as first-, second-, and third-generation Americans. Some contributors, such as Sharine Taylor writing about her Jamaican immigrant grandmother's sly use of patois, focus on older relatives ("Patois was our secret, allowing us to be in the English world and then escape to Jamaica through language"); others confront past and future choices with ambivalence ("Should I--an immigrant to, a writer in, and a critic of the United States--apply for citizenship?" Bix Gabriel asks at the end of an essay detailing her odyssey from India and concern over the Trump presidency). Other essayists relate encounters with racism, clueless natives, and fellow migrants. This collection is a vital corrective to discussions of global migration that fail to acknowledge the humanity of migrants themselves. (Feb.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Emigration and immigration.
Immigrants -- Family relationships.
Home.
Transnationalism.
Essays.
Autobiographies.
Publisher New York :2020
Other Titles Catapult magazine
Twenty writers on immigration, family, and the meaning of home
20 writers on immigration, family, and the meaning of home
Contributors Chung, Nicole, editor.
Demary, Mensah, editor.
Language English
Description xv, 234 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781948226783
1948226782
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