Tag Archives: literature

“A place in the generous heart of America”: Reflecting on New York’s immigrant history through Tyler Anbinder’s City of Dreams

I moved to New York City seven months ago, and I’ve spent the last several weeks lugging an extra heavy bag onto the subway during my commutes. Besides my laptop, the main culprit is a 735-page hardcover book – Tyler Anbinder’s City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York. When I manage […]

Favorite Immigration Reads of 2015

Below are our favorite immigration reads of 2015. They range from fiction to non-fiction to short stories and memoir, and are geared to varying degrees of relaxation and contemplation for the library of migrationists everywhere.  These books were not necessarily published in 2015, simply read this year by a regular contributor or guest contributor, and enjoyed […]

Favorite Immigration Reads of 2014

If you’re anything like me, you mine these end-of-the-year book lists for your 2015 “to-read” list. So here’s an immigration-themed to-read list from the contributors here at The Migrationist that spans both fiction and non-fiction.  There’s some themes – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah is mentioned by several of us, author W.G. Sebald got multiple shout outs. […]

The Stranger

This month NatCen reported that 77% of the British public “want to see a reduction in immigration” and more than half want immigration reduced “a lot”. The situation is more complex than these figures suggest, but immigration is clearly still an important issue to the British public as we enter 2014. The problem is not […]

The Man on the Tube and the Community of Value

Reading Us and Them: the dangerous politics of immigration control by Bridget Anderson The UK immigration debate has always seemed a bit of a shrill theatre to me. Populist scaremongering from the right finds its way into the mainstream in the form of outright crazy policy propositions like last month’s Go Home campaign and the […]

Governing Immigration Through Crime

  A frequent argument against the pathway to citizenship is the one used by Senator Cruz in his closing statements before the Senate Judiciary Committee on S.744.  He cited the rule of law, but most Americans would point to the simple fact that the illegal immigrants broke the law and should not be rewarded for […]

Finding the self in otherness: global journeys in autobiography

What happens when we work strictly within a genre or grouping? When it comes to literature, the outcome can be destructive and boring: we risk isolating creative works, huddling them too close together and becoming blind to their engagement with the outside world. In my last blog I suggested that a discussion of migrant literature […]