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Beth Bernstein, MA'90
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Dania Khandaker
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Immigration is a hot topic these days—it's in newspapers, on talk radio, daily newscasts, and the Internet. Have you ever thought about what it must be like to immigrate to the U.S.? Do you ever think about what millions of immigrants go through as they leave their homelands and come to the shores of a new country? How do they blend in? Or maybe they don't.

Since 9/11, the politics of immigration have become a passionately debated topic worldwide. You can be part of this immigration discussion with BNC's literature and film materials that allow you to get up close and personal with new immigrants and experience how it feels to come to a new land through their eyes.

Oscar Wao

The 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz tells the story of those who leave an embattled country and those who stay behind in his native land of the Dominican Republic during Trujillo’s ruthless war in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Encore Series). A video of the author at Brandeis University and questions for discussion accompany this exciting book.

Yellow cover

Explore immigration in the provocative collection of short stories by Don Lee. Yellow is the Asian-American experience and is available through The Encore Series and includes a video of the author at Brandeis, including questions for discussion by Brandeis faculty.

Wedding Song
Imagine what it was like growing up in pre-revolutionary Iran in a poor Jewish household. Farideh Golden's book, The Wedding Song (Study with the Best), tells her story about Iran and her immigration to the United States.


A Good FallAt one time or another, you have probably wandered through an ethnic area in a city in the U.S. Ha Jin's new collection of short stories, A Good Fall, delves into the experience of Chinese immigrants in America, particularly in Flushing, N.Y. All of the characters in Ha Jin's stories maintain a desire to be loyal to their homeland and its traditions while at the same time exploring and availing themselves of the freedom that a new country offers. A video of Brandeis alumnus Ha Jin is available, along with questions for discussion from Brandeis faculty as part of The Encore Series.