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xv, 234 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
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.
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, these essays highlight the human side of immigration policies and polarized rhetoric, as twenty writers share provocative personal stories of existing between languages and cultures.