Recommended Reading: The Immigrant Experience

April’s recommended reading topic is The Immigrant Experience. Here are some videos, books, websites and electronic books the Library has highlighted. As always, items will be on display on the recommended reading shelf in the Library Plaza, and all items are available for check out. A longer list is available in Word format at the end of this post.


Bharati Mukherjee [videorecording] : conquering America / a production of Public Affairs Television, Inc. ; produced and directed by Gail Pellett.

304.87 M953c

Anatomy of a springroll [videorecording] / created by Paul Kwan, Arnold Iger, Paul Lundahl ; written and directed by Paul Kwan and Arnold Iger ; executive producers Arnold Iger and Paul Kwan.

305.8959 A53 1992

America’s immigration debate [videorecording] / produced by Cadec Pictures, Kraffftwerk Film.

325.1 A512 2005

Dim sum [videorecording] / a film by Wayne Wang.

791.4372 D582 2006



The inner world of the immigrant child / Cristina Igoa.

305.23 I24i

Immigrant America : a portrait / Alejandro Portes and Rubén G. Rumbaut.

304.873 P849i 1996

The new Americans / Rubén Martínez ; photographs by Joseph Rodríguez.

305.906912 N532 2004

Threatened peoples, threatened borders : world migration and U.S. policy / Michael S. Teitelbaum and Myron Weiner, editors.

323.1 T531 1995

Ellis Island : an illustrated history of the immigrant experience / Ivan Chermayeff, designer, Fred Wasserman, editor, Mary J. Shapiro, writer.

325.1 E47


Growing up ethnic in America : contemporary fiction about learning to be American / edited by Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Jennifer Gillan.

813.54 G884 1999

The namesake / Jhumpa Lahiri.

813.54 L183n 2003

The bonesetter’s daughter / Amy Tan.

813.54 T161b 2001


The American Family Immigration History Center

The City/La Ciudad

Under Two Flags: Mexican Workers in Washington Fields

Made in USA: Angel Island Shhh: An Installation by Floy Oy Wong

Electronic Books

God in Chinatown [electronic resource] : religion and survival in New York’s evolving immigrant community / Kenneth J. Guest.


The liberty of strangers [electronic resource] : making the American nation / Desmond King.


The genius of language [electronic resource] : fifteen writers reflect on their mother tongues / edited and with an introduction by Wendy Lesser.


Irish immigrants in the land of Canaan [electronic resource] : letters and memoirs from colonial and revolutionary America, 1675-1815 / written & edited by Kerby A. Miller … [et al.].


Recommended Reading: The Immigrant Experience


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