“Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from a Fargo High School” is a collection of thirty personal essays written by students from Fargo South High School. Included with each essay is a first-person video narrative. These are the memories, realities, and hopes of young people from twenty-two different countries, who by the turning of countless events were brought together into one classroom. In their own voices, these students describe their childhoods, reasons for leaving, first impressions of this land and dreams of how they will contribute to it. These digital and written stories highlight the resilience, bravery, and courage that these new Americans have gained as they have overcome tremendous adversity to be a part of this country. From classrooms to book clubs, from the individual interested in learning more about his immigrant neighbor to the business owner looking to understand her employees and business partners, this book is an important resource for all Americans. The included video links, glossary, and study guide add a multimedia dimension to this already dynamic collection.
Foreword - i; Acknowledgments - iii; Inreoduction - vii; World Map - xii; Personal Essays - xv; Muhend Abakar: Sudan - 1; Ruth Mekoulom: Chad - 7; Pal Garung: Nepal - 11; Nakafu Kahasha: Democratic Republic of the Congo - 15; Akberet Tewelde: Eritrea - 19; Biak Sung: Burma - 23; Anjana Chuwan: Nepal - 27; Musoni Mudatinya: Democratic Republic of the Congo - 31; Tristen Hagen: China - 35; Joyce Showers: Sierra Leone - 39; Badal Mongar: Nepal - 43; Divine Lubungo: Democratic Republic of the Congo - 47; Quazeem Adeyinka: Liberia - 53; Aziza Kabura: Zambia - 57; Ashti Mohamed Ali: Iraq - 61; Pleasure Jerue: Cote d'Ivoire - 65; Mesaged Abakar: Sudan - 71; Roshika Nepal: Nepal - 75; Alvin Johnson: Liberia - 79; Esperance Mfurakazi: Democratic Republic of the Congo - 83; Godwin Kouhe: Togo - 89; Glorioza Nduwimana: Tanzania - 93; Deo Katuwal: Nepal - 97; Marai Castillo Fonseca: Mexico - 101; Francese Manya: Democratic Republic of the Congo - 105; Sowda Shube: Kenya - 109; Nobin Gurung: Nepal - 113; Iraguha Yvette: Tanzania - 117; Osman Osman: Eritrea - 121; Van Tran: Vietnam - 127; Zakariye Muhudin Abdulle: Somalia - 131; Afterword - 135; Study Guide - 137; Glassory - 141; About Green Card Voices - 145
“A must-read for anyone who wants to go beyond the headlines and really see people for who they are. Youth voices always deserve to be heard. Without a doubt this collection of stories will leave you wanting to hear more.”- Jessica Thomasson, CEO, Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, Lutheran Social Services Housing "Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from a Fargo High School" gives us heartfelt glimpses into the world that has come to us. It's personal, provocative and empowering. Read it and then share it."- John Strand, Fargo City Commissioner