We Are All Suspects Now Untold Stories from Immigrant America after 9/11

ISBN-10: 0807004618

ISBN-13: 9780807004616

Edition: 2005

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Known as Little Pakistan, the community of Midwood, Brooklyn, has suffered a remarkable exodus in the years since 9/11. One sixth of the community-20,000 people-has left in search of liberty. In an ironic reversal of the American dream, this immigrant community now lives in fear, witnessing the unjust detainment or deportation of family members, friends, and neighbors. Tram Nguyen reveals the human cost of the domestic war on terror and examines the impact of post-9/11 policies on people targeted because of immigration status, nationality, and religion. Nguyen"s evocative narrative reporting-about the families, detainees, local leaders, community advocates, and others-is from those living and suffering on the front lines. We meet Mohammad Butt, who died in detention in New Jersey, and the Saleems, who flee Queens for Canada. We even follow a self-proclaimed "citizen patroller" who monitors and detains immigrants on the U.S.-Mexico border. We Are All Suspects Now, in the words of Mike Davis, "takes us inside a dark world . . . where the American Dream is fast turning into a nightmare" and suggests proactive responses to stop our growing climate of xenophobia, intimidation, and discrimination. "In this brave and deeply moving book, Tram Nguyen chronicles immigrant lives caught in a sinister web of suspicion, bigotry and state-sponsored terror." -Mike Davis, author of Dead Cities and Planet of Slums
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List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 9/15/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 212
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti in 1969 and came to America at age twelve to live with her parents in Brooklyn. She studied French literature at Barnard College and received her M.F.A. from Brown University. Her work has achieved both popular and critical acclaim. Breath, Eyes, Memory (1994), her first novel and master's thesis, garnered Danticat a Granta Regional Award for Best Young American Novelist and was chosen as an Oprah Book Club selection, a singular honor. Her collection of short stories Krik? Krak! (1995) was nominated for the National Book Award. Along with awards for fiction from Seventeen and Essence and the 1995 Pushcart Short Story Prize, Danticat was chosen by Harper's Bazaar as "one of 20 people in their twenties who will make a difference," and by the New York Times Magazine as one of "30 Under 30" people to watch. Her second novel, The Farming of Bones (1998), concerns a massacre in Haiti in 1937.

Becoming suspects : Brooklyn and New Jersey
Separated by deportation : Minneapolis
Turning in for registration : Chicago
The new racial profiling : Los Angeles
Crisis at the border : Arizona
In search of asylum : Canada
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