Going Where I'M Coming From

Going Where I'M Coming From

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by Anne Mazer
     
 

This anthology of fourteen autobiographical narratives about growing up in America's diverse society takes us all across the United States: to the Watts barrio and idyllic Hawaii; to rural Alabama and the urban centers of New York and Boston; to neighborhoods in San Antonio, Cleveland, and Paterson, New Jersey; to North Dakota's Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and… See more details below

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This anthology of fourteen autobiographical narratives about growing up in America's diverse society takes us all across the United States: to the Watts barrio and idyllic Hawaii; to rural Alabama and the urban centers of New York and Boston; to neighborhoods in San Antonio, Cleveland, and Paterson, New Jersey; to North Dakota's Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and into the grape and cotton fields of the San Joaquin valley .... Some are true stories by and about recent immigrants, others focus on young native-born Americans from a particular cultural background. Gary Soto tells about being a teenager who worked as a farm laborer; Helen Epstein explores the unusual tensions surrounding an ordinary dinnertime with her parents, both concentration camp survivors; Thylias Moss and Judith Ortiz Cofer discover the power of the individual voice to transcend racial and cultural barriers; Lensey Namioka recounts her "weird" childhood as a girl who excels in math (expected in China, but unusual in the U.S.); Luis J. Rodriguez and Graham Salisbury examine images of manhood, one in the Watts barrio and the other in Hawaii. Also included are powerful narratives by Lee A. Daniels, Tracy Marx, Ved Mehta, Naomi Shihab Nye, Susan Power, Willie Ruff, and Hisaye Yamamoto. Whether lit by humor or darkly intense, these true accounts tell us that who we are has much to do with where we've been.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``To find out who they are and where they're going, the writers of this collection have looked back to where they've come from,'' Mazer (editor of the fiction collection America Street) states in her introduction. Her solid anthology uses 14 entries to explore a commendable range of cultures, including Sioux, Polish, Japanese, Hispanic, African American, Jewish, Indian and Chinese. Lensey Namioka's ``Math and After Math'' wryly contrasts the attitudes of her Chinese parents and those of her American classmates toward math-proficient females. In the wrenching ``Dinnertime,'' Helen Epstein hints at the immense sorrow and strength of her parents, survivors of the Holocaust trying to earn a living and keep their pride in a New York City that cares little about her father's Olympic athlete past or her mother's standing in prewar Prague. Particularly moving is African American jazz musician Willie Ruff's ``A Call to Assembly,'' in which he describes both his joy when a boyhood employer taught him sign language so he could communicate with a deaf co-worker, and his rage and loss of respect when the same boss makes a horrible remark about ``niggers.'' A sturdy, stimulating collection. Ages 12-up. (Jan.)
The ALAN Review - Sati Maharaj-Boggs
This is an outstanding collection of fourteen personal narratives by fourteen different writers who were either born and grew up in the United States, or who migrated to the United States while they were young. From their unique perspectives, these writers recount inspiring and true stories of growing up and adapting to life in the cultural milieu of the United States. What is most fascinating about this collection is that each writer takes a journey into her/his past in search of identity, and this search facilitates self-discovery. This discovery, as the reader comes to learn through each story, is that who we are is vastly dependent upon where we've been. These narratives hold a definite appeal for those students who have grown up in the United States as well as for those who have been exposed to life in two cultures.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892552054
Publisher:
Persea Books
Publication date:
11/01/1994
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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