The Weight of Shadows

The Weight of Shadows

A Memoir of Immigration & Displacement

eBook - 2016
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Tracing his story of becoming a US citizen, Jos#65533; Ordu#65533;a's memoir explores the complex issues of immigration and assimilation.

Jos#65533; Ordu#65533;a chronicles the process of becoming a North American citizen in a post-9/11 United States. Intractable realities--rooted in the continuity of US imperialism to globalism--form the landscape of Ordu#65533;a's daily experience, where the geopolitical meets the quotidian. In one anecdote, he recalls how the only apartment his parents could rent was one that didn't require signing a lease or running a credit check, where the floors were so crooked he once dropped an orange and watched it roll in six directions before settling in a corner. Ordu#65533;a describes the absurd feeling of being handed a piece of paper--his naturalization certificate--that guarantees something he has always known: he has every right to be here. A trenchant exploration of race, class, and identity, The Weight of Shadows is a searing meditation on the nature of political, linguistic, and cultural borders, and the meaning of "America."

From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, 2016
ISBN: 9780807074022
Branch Call Number: E184.M5 O76 2016x
Characteristics: 1 downloadable text file

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