Immigrants have been coming to America since the beginning of the seventeenth century in pursuit of their dreams and a better life. Unfortunately in recent years, these very people who have been helping to shape the American Dream for centuries have become targets of abuse.
Fiona Citkin, who immigrated to America from Ukraine, examines the individual experiences of eighteen immigrant women from around the world and from all walks of life who today serve as models of success. In sharing their unique and complex stories, Citkin demonstrates how these women succeeded in America under exceptionally difficult circumstances through drive, grit, intelligence, compassion, and leadership skills. Citkin also captures their collective wisdom and explores the values that drove them to action and success, and presents specific advice that will inspire other success seekers to follow in their footsteps.
How They Made It in America shares the authentic stories of prominent multicultural female immigrants who overcame seemingly insurmountable odds to achieve success in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
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About the Author
Fiona Citkin is an award-winning author, blogger, and internationally renowned intercultural consultant who learned about American brand of success the hard way. Today, this former Fulbright Scholar from Ukraine is deeply rooted in America. Dr. Citkin and her husband, Alex, have a daughter, three grandchildren, and reside in Warren, New Jersey. Visit her at http://fionacitkin.com/.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I highly recommend this book. Not only because I am one of the subjects "Nr. 5 - "The global Matchmaker" but because it is a great practical guide for future entrepreneurs. The stories about immigrant women are are page turners and the sections on SUCCESS VALUES and the ACHIEVERS HANDBOOK are practical and easily digestible. Please get your copy of "How they made it in America" by Dr Fiona Citkin Irmgard Lafrentz
It’s entertaining, it’s insightful, it’s inspirational and very enlightening for prospect immigrants, for new immigrants and for staged immigrants like me. Although it is written specifically for successful women immigrants every person who immigrated to North America finds a pice of herself/himself in the stories described so artistically and truthfully. A must read for everyone because it gives a sense of pride for yourself and for the other people around you. I couldn’t stop of reading and rereading some amazing passages of true stories of these determined, self-motivated and very successful women who struggled with gender inequality on the men’s domain and elevated themselves to respected and adored leaders of their domain. The most valuable part of the book is the abstraction of the success factors described with such a rational analysis that reveals the common strengths and endeavours of all these successful women in reaching their goals and dreams in the land of the immense and endless opportunities. I am fortunate and privileged that I had the chance to be among the first ones to read this book as an entertaining endowment as well as an enriching cognisance. Thank you Dr. Citkin for delivering such a unique work that filled the intellectual vacuum and perspective analysis of the immigration success in North America, especially for the determined and persistent exemplary women.
Immigration and the acculturation of migrants into various cultures worldwide is at the forefront of our domestic and global discourse. The need for showcasing talented migrants has never been more acute. Dr. Fiona Citkin's brilliant authorship of this rich book is timely and insightful. Dr. Citkin profiles 18 prominent first generation immigrant women. Her book explores success and strategy in three parts. First she details success stories, the results of her first-hand interviews and biographical knowledge with the characteristics of these phenomenal women. Second, she explores their underlying values driving them to excel. Third, she shares wisdom on how to achieve great success on a personalized path via an individual direction, stride and pace. These successful immigrant stories are inspirational!
Fiona Citkin as a dedicated analyst gave to world a priceless book about women immigrants who, passing through huge Scillas and Harybdas and carrying the burden of the unknown and invisible stranger, with their intellect and talent succeed to become leading names in the American multicultural society. Very wisely, as an experienced researcher, Fiona depicts big and unsurpassed examples of courageous and brave describing their thorny paths of hard and bitter adjustment and their further improvement for eventually their names to be written with golden letters on the pantheon of the most powerful country in the world – USA. The examples of Isabella Allende, one of the biggest and most read writers of XX and XXI century, of Veili Dai from China, of Ivana Trump of Czech Republic, of Afka Demelash from Ethiopia, of Josie Natori from The Philippines, of Elena Garokhova from Russia, of Rosa de la Cruz from Cuba and of many other significant female giants passed through many social obstacles and challenges because of the emigration, having various reasons to consider it as an inevitability, but also as an inspiration to present their talents and capabilities and including themselves in the society to achieve a lot not only for their careers, but for the multicultural of the social environment. These biographies, (most of them deeply touched) are some kind of omnipotent cultural strategy that include feminism as a mechanism for improving the intercultural processes, because this author disseminates the intimate stories of women immigrants so profoundly, so the elements of the social and political intolerance become general obstacles that warns nowadays so actual stream of immigration by various reasons to be understood as a cultural emanation and productive communication strategy, not as a demographic interfering that could eventually underline the closeness of the social constructs for approaching of the members of other cultures. Solidly building her theory of women immigrants’ success in USA, Fiona Citkin sets seven principles of which, more sincerely, I’d mostly emphasized the principle of Strategic Thinking. The adoptability is one of the most important characteristic, but the inclusion in the society where everybody are different and where the divergence is most global and most unbreakable communication system understands interior strategy of the personality itself, something that this fantastic author sensed very well and in the organic of this scientific work, she succeeded to penetrate in the most crucial steps immigrant does wanted to include all his spiritual and intellectual habitus in the social and political mechanism formulated as multicultural society. Bearing in mind also the psychological and social orientations, Fiona analysis very detailed the socially manageable aspects of the character: the self-confidence, the authenticity and the strategicness. T Fiona Citkin wrote a book with fascinating polysignificance . “How They Made It in America” is a book that offers a lot of aspects of the immigrating process, offers questions, but offers the answers as well. It offers a creative mechanism of incorporating in the social system that offers possibilities, but sets up obstacles too. This book has a basic wisdom, so its importance is enormous, not only as a feminist product, but as a profoundly analytic intercultural policy worthy for any respect.
Discussion and conflict over the welcoming and acculturation of migrants and immigrants has reached new heights in many quarters and corners of the world. There is frequently a lack of appreciation of the contributions that newcomers make to a society, but there is as well a need for the kind of storytelling and experience-sharing that can motivate newcomers to overcome fresh obstacles and succeed in an alien environment. Theses stories can be effective in instructing them in the values and behaviors that can lead them in the directions in which they would like their lives to go. Dr. Fiona Citkin has provided just such a collection of stories about extraordinarily successful immigrant women in the USA that dispel ignorance and disdain toward immigrants as well as remove the hesitancy and blocks to define and pursue success on the part of newcomers. The eighteen success stories, told about women arriving from every corner of the globe, with which the book begins, are not the end of the matter, but just the beginning, as the author goes on in the second part of the book to highlight seven values which led to the success described in their tales of achievement. She proceeds even further in part three to provide a kind of handbook to assist the newcomer along the path of managing one's inner and outer resources to go forward in the desired life directions. Not every person or culture understand success in the same way. Certainly, the USA often highlights "making it" in terms of financial success, status, and celebrity, and the characters Citkin’s tales often match these criteria. Despite this US American focus, the fulfillment of the American Dream, I would like you to see this book not just as a motivator for women immigrants to the USA or a feminist paean for breaking the glass ceiling, though it is indeed both of these things. I would rather strongly suggest this book as a model of meeting the need for providing inspirational and informational stories and cultural advice in the many cultures around the world that are receiving, hosting and educating newcomers, both women and men and preparing their populations to accept and include them. Realistic challenges of challenges faced and how they are being met are best told by the immigrants themselves as they are experienced in treading the path toward desired success, however they and the host culture define success. Such accounts should fill the needs of both migrant and indigenous audiences as new neighbors to learn and go about discovering and connecting with each other, sharing their values and their aspirations. It is my hope that readers keep finding these stories in themselves and others and take them apart to examine their hidden treasures and living energies and not hesitate to tell them to each other. I am reminded of the quote I found in a children’s book Crow and Weasel by Barry Lopez, years ago, “Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive. That is why we put these stories in each other's memory. This is how people care for themselves.” Most importantly, it is imperative to recognize that being and becoming, acculturated into an alien environment is not abandonment of oneself and one's native culture. Rather it is about truly discovering these in all their dimensions as they are highlighted in new environments, understanding them in new ways, and seeing how these contribute to one's strengths and flexibility as well as enrich one’s self and one's neig