A Map Is Only One Story: Twenty Writers on Immigration, Family, and the Meaning of Home

A Map Is Only One Story: Twenty Writers on Immigration, Family, and the Meaning of Home


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From rediscovering an ancestral village in China to experiencing the realities of American life as a Nigerian, the search for belonging crosses borders and generations.

Selected from the archives of Catapult magazine, the essays in A Map Is Only One Story highlight the human side of immigration policies and polarized rhetoric, as twenty writers share provocative personal stories of existing between languages and cultures.

Victoria Blanco relates how those with family in both El Paso and Ciudad Juárez experience life on the border. Nina Li Coomes recalls the heroines of Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki and what they taught her about her bicultural identity. Nur Nasreen Ibrahim details her grandfather’s crossing of the India-Pakistan border sixty years after Partition. Krystal A. Sital writes of how undocumented status in the United States can impact love and relationships. Porochista Khakpour describes the challenges in writing (and rewriting) Iranian America. Through the power of personal narratives, as told by both emerging and established writers, A Map Is Only One Story offers a new definition of home in the twenty-first century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948226783
Publisher: Catapult
Publication date: 02/11/2020
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 176,458
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Nicole Chung is the editor in chief of Catapult magazine and the author of All You Can Ever Know.

Mensah Demary is a founding editor of Catapult magazine and an editor at Catapult books.

Table of Contents

Introduction Nicole Chung Mensah Demary xi

Why We Cross the Border in El paso Victoria Blanco 3

A Map of Lost Things Jamila Osman 15

My Indian Passport Is a Bitch Deepti Kapoor 27

This Hell Not Mine Kenechi Uzor 43

Arab Past, American Present Lauren Alwan 53

How to Write About Your Ancestral Village Steph Wong Ken 67

Carefree White Girls, Careful Brown Girls Cinelle Barnes 79

Return to Partition Nur Nasreen Ibrahim 91

Undocumented Lovers in America Krystal A. Sital 105

Say It with Noodles Shing Yin Khor 120

My Grandmother's Patois and Other Keys to Survival Sharine Taylor 133

The Dress Soraya Membreno 139

What Miyazaki's Heroines Taught Me Nina Li Coomes 147

How to Stop Saying Sorry When Things Aren't Your Fault Kamna Muddagouni 157

The Wailing Nadia Owusu 165

Writing Letters to Mao Jennifer S. Cheng 175

Dead-Guy Shirts and Motel Kids Niina Pollari 183

Mourning My Birthplace Natalia Sylvester 193

Should I Apply for Citizenship? Bix Gabriel 199

How to Write Iranian America; Or, The Last Essay Porochista Khakpour 209

Acknowledgments 225

About the Contributors 227

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