American Like Me

Reflections on Life Between Cultures

Author: America Ferrera

Publisher: Gallery Books


Category: Social Science

Page: 336

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From award-winning actress and political activist America Ferrera comes a vibrant and varied collection of first-person accounts from prominent figures about the experience of growing up between cultures. America Ferrera has always felt wholly American, and yet, her identity is inextricably linked to her parents’ homeland and Honduran culture. Speaking Spanish at home, having Saturday-morning-salsa-dance-parties in the kitchen, and eating tamales alongside apple pie at Christmas never seemed at odds with her American identity. Still, she yearned to see that identity reflected in the larger American narrative. Now, in American Like Me, America invites thirty-one of her friends, peers, and heroes to share their stories about life between cultures. We know them as actors, comedians, athletes, politicians, artists, and writers. However, they are also immigrants, children or grandchildren of immigrants, indigenous people, or people who otherwise grew up with deep and personal connections to more than one culture. Each of them struggled to establish a sense of self, find belonging, and feel seen. And they call themselves American enthusiastically, reluctantly, or not at all. Ranging from the heartfelt to the hilarious, their stories shine a light on a quintessentially American experience and will appeal to anyone with a complicated relationship to family, culture, and growing up.

Summary of American Like Me

Reflections on Life Between Cultures: Conversation Starters


Publisher: Blurb



Page: 80

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American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures by America Ferrera: Conversation Starters Liza Koshy liked being racially ambiguous. Forever the ethnically mysterious little brown girl. She describes her culturally assorted friends "not as a melting pot but a salad bowl who were "tossed haphazardly together" and created a delicious dish with each culture contributing a "special flavor or texture." Actress Issa Rae tells her story about growing up in Los Angeles and spending her childhood summers in Senegal. Rae describes herself as a nerdy girl who was "berated for 'acting white' " in her American school but had confidence whenever she went home to Senegal. Chicago Sun Times says "Ferrera's essay collection is filled with gems.. funny, touching and complicated reminders that the word "American" is wonderfully and endlessly undefinable." The other authors include Issa Rae, Lin Manuel Miranda, Randall Park, Roxanne Gay, Michelle Kwan, and many more. American Like Me is.. A Brief Look Inside: EVERY GOOD BOOK CONTAINS A WORLD FAR DEEPER than the surface of its pages. The characters and their world come alive, and the characters and its world still live on. Conversation Starters is peppered with questions designed to bring us beneath the surface of the page and invite us into the world that lives on. These questions can be used to create hours of conversation: - Foster a deeper understanding of the book - Promote an atmosphere of discussion for groups - Assist in the study of the book, either individually or corporately - Explore unseen realms of the book as never seen before Disclaimer: This book you are about to enjoy is an independent resource to supplement the original book, enhancing your experience. If you have not yet purchased a copy of the original book, please do before purchasing this unofficial Conversation Starters. (c) Copyright 2019 Download your copy now on sale Read it on your PC, Mac, iOS or Android smartphone, tablet devices.

Declare Yourself

Speak. Connect. Act. Vote. More Than 50 Celebrated Americans Tell You Why

Author: Declare Yourself

Publisher: Harper Collins


Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 325

View: 720

A collection of essays by celebrities--including actors, authors, and athletes--encourages young adults to think about what democracy means, to register to vote, and to speak up about the issues that matter the most to them.

Unsung America

Immigrant Trailblazers and Our Fight for Freedom

Author: Prerna Lal

Publisher: Mango


Category: Political Science

Page: 224

View: 372

Immigration Stories-A Fight for Justice and Freedom If you liked The Book of Awesome Women by Becca Anderson, Dear America by Jose Antonio Vargas, or American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures by America Ferrara, you'll love Unsung America. Positive and heroic stories. Far too often, immigrants are demonized and scapegoated, when they should be celebrated as heroes and revolutionaries. This book strings together both triumphant and painful tales of immigrants who blazed trails and broke barriers in the fight for fundamental human rights. Unsung Heroes. These are ordinary people who have used their own stories on the fight for citizenship to illustrate their triumphs and trials as immigrants in a new land. Each uses a different strategy and tactics; what works for one does not work for another. They all have one thing in common, however--a desire for racial and social justice. Unsung America will change the way you view immigrants and refugees. Prerna Lal, who penned Unsung America, is a naturalized United States citizen, born and raised in the Fiji Islands with roots in the San Francisco Bay Area. A clinical law professor, Lal is a frequent writer on immigration, racial justice, sexual orientation, and how these forces intersect. She is a graduate of The George Washington University Law School, and works as an immigration attorney. In this celebratory book, you will discover: Powerful theories of social change, and how what seems radical in one era can be normalized in the next How the fight for citizenship is interconnected and interrelated to other struggles such as the civil rights movement and the LGBT movement Stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things and how you, too, can be a force for good in the world

White like me

reflections on race from a privileged son

Author: Tim J. Wise

Publisher: Soft Skull Pr


Category: Social Science

Page: 191

View: 828

Racial privilege shapes the lives of white Americans in every facet of life, from employment and education to housing and criminal justice. Using stories from his own life, Tim Wise shows that racism not only burdens people of color, but also benefits those who are "white like him" — whether or not they’re actively racist. Using stories instead of stale statistics, Wise weaves a compelling narrative that assesses the magnitude of racial privilege and is at once readable and scholarly, analytical yet accessible.

Reflections On Exile

And Other Literary And Cultural Essays

Author: Edward W. Said

Publisher: Granta Books


Category: Social Science


View: 397

With their powerful blend of political and aesthetic concerns, Edward W. Said's writings have transformed the field of literary studies. As in the title essay, the widely admired "Reflections on Exile," the fact of his own exile and the fate of the Palestinians have given both form and the force of intimacy to the questions Said has pursued. Taken together, these essays--from the famous to those that will surprise even Said's most assiduous followers--afford rare insight into the formation of a critic and the development of an intellectual vocation. Said's topics are many and diverse, from the movie heroics of Tarzan to the machismo of Ernest Hemingway to the shades of difference that divide Alexandria and Cairo. He offers major reconsiderations of writers and artists such as George Orwell, Giambattista Vico, Georg Lukacs, R. P. Blackmur, E. M. Cioran, Naguib Mahfouz, Herman Melville, Joseph Conrad, Walter Lippman, Samuel Huntington, Antonio Gramsci, and Raymond Williams. Invigorating, edifying, acutely attentive to the vying pressures of personal and historical experience, his book is a source of immeasurable intellectual delight.

Rock Music in American Popular Culture III

More Rock 'n' Roll Resources

Author: Frank Hoffmann

Publisher: Routledge


Category: Music

Page: 352

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Rock Music in American Popular Culture III: More Rock ’n’Roll Resources explores the fascinating world of rock music and examines how this medium functions as an expression of cultural and social identity. This nostalgic guide explores the meanings and messages behind some of the most popular rock ’n’roll songs that captured the American spirit, mirrored society, and reflected events in our history. Arranged by themes, Rock Music in American Popular Culture III examines a variety of social and cultural topics with related songs, such as: sex and censorship--“Only the Good Die Young” by Billy Joel and “Night Moves” by Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band holiday songs--“Rockin’Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee and “The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole death--“Leader of the Pack” by The Shangri-Las and “The Unknown Soldier” by The Doors foolish behavior--“When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge and “What Kind of Fool” by Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb jobs and the workplace--“Don’t Stand So Close to Me” by The Police and “Dirty Laundry” by Don Henley military involvements--“Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” by the Andrews Sisters and “War” by Edwin Starr novelty recordings--“The Purple People Eater” by Sheb Wooley and “Eat It” by Weird Al Yankovic letters and postal images--“P. S. I Love You” by The Beatles and “Return to Sender” by Elvis Presely In addition, a discography and a bibliography after each section give further examples of the themes and resources being discussed, as do extensive lists of print references at the end of the text.

Multimedia Stardom in Hong Kong

Image, Performance and Identity

Author: Leung Wing-Fai

Publisher: Routledge


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 180

View: 589

This book details original research into the practices and discourse of multimedia stardom alongside changing social and cultural landscapes in Hong Kong since 1980. It examines the cultural and sociological significance of stardom in the region, and the conditions which gave rise to such famous stars as Jackie Chan. This book elaborates the distinction between multimedia stardom and celebrity, asserting that in Hong Kong stardom has been central in the production and consumption of local media, while demonstrating the importance of multimedia stardom as part of the ‘cultural Chinese’ mediascape and transnational popular culture from both historical and contemporary contexts.