Immigration Stories from an Atlanta High School
Green Card Youth Voices
Green Card Youth Voices
Published by: Green Card Voices
“Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from an Atlanta High School” is a collection of twenty-one personal essays written by refugee and immigrant students, and one current teacher, from Cross Keys High School, Clarkston High School, and DeKalb International Student Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Each personal essay is accompanied by a full-color portrait and a QR code that links to individual online video narratives that contain deep, personal insight. The young people in this book--including six DACA recipients--come from thirteen different countries and, in their own words, reveal the complexity and humanity of the immigration experience that is too often obscured in current conversations. Within these pages, these brave youth share reflections on their past, describe challenges from their immigration journeys, and illustrate the many ways that they contribute to their new home. These written and digital narratives--as well as the included study guide, glossary, and links to video narratives--are a unique resources for anyone looking to expand their understanding of the tapestry of different cultures that make up the United States. By seeing ourselves reflected in the bravery and honesty with which these stories are shared, we start to build the necessary bridges of understanding between us all.
Foreword - i; Acknowledgments - iii; Introduction - ix; Georgia Maps - xiv; How to Use This Book - xvii; World Map - xviii; Personal Essays - xxi; Marie Nikuze: Rwanda - 1; Hau Phuong Vo: Vietnam - 5; Kumba Njie: The Gambia - 9; Mario: Mexico - 15; Nu Nu: Myanmar - 19; Abdoulaye Diallo: Guinea - 23; HM Sakib: Bangladesh - 31; Dim Cing: Myanmar - 39; Daniel: Mexico - 43; Sean Cordovez: The Philippines - 47; Dania Karim: Bangladesh - 53; Luis: Mexico - 57; Farhat Sadat: Afganistan - 65; Edanur Isik: Turkey - 69; Sanjith Yadav: Nepal - 75; America: Mexico - 79; Eliyas Sala: Ethiopia - 83; May Da: Myanmar - 89; Karelin: Guatemala - 93; Faysal Ando: Ethiopia - 99; Yehimi Cambrón: Mexico - 105; Afterword - 113; Study Guide - 115; Glossary - 119; About the Advisory Team - 126; About Green Card Voices - 127
“I was moved to tears reading these stories. These are our children; their stories are our stories. Their voices crackle with hope, courage, humor, and grit—they will make you laugh, and they will make you cry, but most of all, they will open your eyes to see and appreciate more fully the humanity of our immigrant brothers and sisters. Thank you for this book. We need these stories.”- Andrew Haile, Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General and Freelance Writer for The Washington Post." “Green Card Youth Voices beautifully captures the poignancy and power of young immigrants telling their own stories. Their courage is inspiring and their enthusiasm for their new country is a timely reminder of how the United States is enriched by the immigrant experience.”-Ali Noorani, Executive Director, National Immigration Forum; "“Green Card Youth Voices: Atlanta" puts a timely and necessary human face on a debate that all too often forgets that we are talking about real human beings and individual stories. What is remarkable about the young men and women profiled in this book is not only their struggles, but also their resiliency and unshakeable faith in this country. These are young people we should be embracing, rather than demonizing, because what they hope to do and want to contribute will help all Americans in the future.” - Janet Murguía, President and CEO of UnidosUS, formerly the National Council of La Raza (NCLR)