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Dear America : notes of an undocumented citizen / Jose Antonio Vargas.

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  • 6 of 6 copies available at Sage Library System. (Show)
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Columbia Gorge Community College. (Show)
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Columbia Gorge Community College Library.

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Summary:

The movement of people--what Americans call 'immigration' and the rest of the world calls 'migration'--is among the defining issues of our time. The world's estimated 244 million total migrant population, particularly those deemed 'illegal' by countries and societies, are locked in a chaotic and circular debate about borders and documents, assimilation and identity. An issue about movement seems immovable: politically, culturally, and personally. This is an urgent, provocative and deeply personal account from Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who happens to be the most well-known undocumented immigrant in the United States. Born in the Philippines and brought to the U.S. illegally as a 12-year-old, Vargas hid in plain sight for years, writing for some of the most prestigious news organizations in the country (The Washington Post, The New Yorker) while lying about where he came from and how he got here. After publicly admitting his undocumented status--risking his career and personal safety--Vargas has challenged the definition of what it means to be an American, and has advocated for the human rights of immigrants and migrants during the largest global movement of people in modern history. Both a letter to America and a window into Vargas's America, this book is a transformative argument about migration and citizenship, and an intimate, searing exploration on what it means to be home when the country you call your home doesn't consider you one of its own.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Columbia Gorge Community College Library 304.8 VARGA 2018 (Text) 39705000028844 Main Collection Book None 09/19/2019 Available -
Columbia Gorge Community College Library 304.873 VARGAS 2018 (Text) 23892000946098 Main Collection Book None 10/09/2018 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780062851352
  • ISBN: 0062851357
  • Physical Description: 232 pages ; 20 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Dey Street, [2018]

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Part I. Gamblers -- The wrong country -- Crittenden Middle School -- Not black, not white -- Filipinos -- Mexican Jose and Filipino Jose -- Fake -- Coming out -- Part II. Playing a role -- Mountain View High School -- An adopted family -- Breaking the law -- The master narrative -- Ambition -- White people -- The Washington Post -- Strangers -- Bylines -- Campaign 2008 -- Purgatory -- Thirty -- Facing myself -- Lawyers -- Second coming out -- Outlaw -- Who am I? -- Inside Fox News -- Public person, private self -- Progress -- Part III. My government, myself -- Home -- Distant intimacy -- Leaving -- Staying -- Detained -- The machine -- National security threat -- Alone -- Interview -- Cycle of loss -- Truth.
Summary, etc.:
The movement of people--what Americans call 'immigration' and the rest of the world calls 'migration'--is among the defining issues of our time. The world's estimated 244 million total migrant population, particularly those deemed 'illegal' by countries and societies, are locked in a chaotic and circular debate about borders and documents, assimilation and identity. An issue about movement seems immovable: politically, culturally, and personally. This is an urgent, provocative and deeply personal account from Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who happens to be the most well-known undocumented immigrant in the United States. Born in the Philippines and brought to the U.S. illegally as a 12-year-old, Vargas hid in plain sight for years, writing for some of the most prestigious news organizations in the country (The Washington Post, The New Yorker) while lying about where he came from and how he got here. After publicly admitting his undocumented status--risking his career and personal safety--Vargas has challenged the definition of what it means to be an American, and has advocated for the human rights of immigrants and migrants during the largest global movement of people in modern history. Both a letter to America and a window into Vargas's America, this book is a transformative argument about migration and citizenship, and an intimate, searing exploration on what it means to be home when the country you call your home doesn't consider you one of its own.
Subject: Vargas, Jose Antonio.
Journalists > United States > Biography.
Motion picture producers and directors > United States > Biography.
Illegal aliens > United States > Biography.

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