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    A Better Life

    A Better Life - Jamie Gerts, Eric Eason, Chris Weitz

    Carlos Galindo, an illegal immigrant and single father, works hard to reconnect with his teenage son and keep him out of a local gang.
    A Step from Heaven

    A Step from Heaven - An Na

    A young Korean girl and her family find it difficult to learn English and adjust to life in America.
    El Norte

    El Norte - Gregory Nava, Anna Thomas

    El norte: Enrique and Rosa are brother and sister Mayan Indian peasants, living in the mountains of Guatemala. When the village attempts to organize for better treatment, Enrique and Rosa are forced to flee as the Guatemalan army is sent in to punish the townspeople. Receiving clandestine help from friends and humorous advice from a veteran immigrant, they make their way to Los Angeles, hoping to make a new life as young, uneducated, and illegal immigrants.
    The journal of Diego Rodriguez Silva: depicts the life of a fictional poet caught in a civil war and jailed, but then set free on the condition he leaves his country and never returns.
    La distancia entre nosotros (The Distance Between Us)

    La distancia entre nosotros (The Distance Between Us) - Reyna Grande

    Cuando el padre de Reyna Grande deja a su esposa y sus tres hijos atrás en un pueblo de México para hacer el peligroso viaje a través de la frontera a los Estados Unidos, promete que pronto regresará; con el dinero suficiente para construir la casa de sus sueños. Sus promesas se vuelven más difíciles de creer cuando los meses de espera se convierten en años. Cuando se lleva a su esposa para reunirse con él, Reyna y sus hermanos son depositados en el hogar ya sobrecargado de su abuela paterna, Evila, una mujer endurecida por la vida. Los tres hermanos se ven obligados a cuidar de sí mismos. En los juegos infantiles encuentran una manera de olvidar el dolor del abandono y a resolver problemas de adultos. Cuando su madre regresa, la reunión sienta las bases para un capítulo nuevo y dramático en la vida de Reyna: su propio viaje a El otro lado para vivir con el hombre que ha poseído su imaginación durante años-- su padre ausente.
    Las uvas de la ira (The Grapes of Wrath)

    Las uvas de la ira (The Grapes of Wrath) - John Steinbeck

    My Name is Aram

    My Name is Aram - William Saroyan

    Book of fourteen interconnected short stories by William Saroyan. The book consists of exuberant, often whimsical episodes in the imaginative life of young Aram Garoghlanian, an Armenian-American boy who is the author's alter ego. Illustrations by Don Freeman who later went on to publish several children's titles.
    Nothing Left in my Hands: The Issei of a Rural California Town, 1900-1942

    Nothing Left in my Hands: The Issei of a Rural California Town, 1900-1942 - Kazuko Nakane

    Nothing Left in My Hands is a moving portrait of the lives of early Japanese immigrants in Pajaro Valley, California. Regarded as highly skilled berry growers, the Issei -- first-generation Japanese immigrants -- were instrumental in the development of strawberry farming in the region. Nakane interviewed those still living in the area in the early 1980s and, in Nothing Left in My Hands, used their own words to narrate their progress in America, from their lives as farmers to the trying periods of anti-immigrant legislation and banishment to internment camps during World War II, and finally to the resumption of their lives after the war.
    Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora

    Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora - Andrew Lam

    Along the Perfume River lives an old woman who has never left her village, who has raised children and grandchildren, never having seen the other side of the river. A nightclub owner from Vietnam travels the world, hobnobbing with international celebrities. A young man goes to college in America, only to return to Vietnam with made-up stories and forged photographs of himself with President Clinton. And another grows up both an American teenager and a Vietnamese general's son ... the author himself." "In this collection of essays, noted journalist Andrew Lam explores his lifelong struggle for identity and challenges definitions - both society's and his own - of what it means to be an immigrant, a son, and a survivor.
    Philip Vera Cruz

    Philip Vera Cruz - Craig Scharlin

    Filipino farm workers sat down in the grape fields of Delano, California, in 1965 and began the strike that brought about a dramatic turn in the long history of farm labor struggles in California. Their efforts led to the creation of the United Farm Workers union under Cesar Chavez, with Philip Vera Cruz as its vice-president and highest-ranking Filipino officer." "Philip Vera Cruz (1904-1994) embodied the experiences of the manong generation, an enormous wave of Filipino immigrants who came to the United States between 1910 and 1930. Instead of better opportunities, they found racial discrimination, deplorable living conditions, and oppressive labor practices. In his deeply reflective and thought-provoking oral memoir, Vera Cruz explores the toll these conditions took on both families and individuals. With clear-sighted intellect and honesty about himself and the society in which he struggled, this exceptional leader examines the difficulties of cross-racial labor organizing, while revealing the unacknowledged role of Filipino laborers in the creation of the United Farm Workers union.
    Seeking El Dorado: African Americans in California

    Seeking El Dorado: African Americans in California - Lawrence B. de Graaf, Kevin Mulroy, and Quintard Taylor

    African Americans in California history, 
    So Far from Home: Russians in Early California

    So Far from Home: Russians in Early California - Glenn J. Farris

    High anxiety about Russians in the North Pacific and Spain's stimulus to settle Alta California, ca. 1768-1769 -- Sea otter poaching by Yankee shipmasters using Russians and Alaskan natives, starting in 1803 -- Visit by Rezanov in1806 to obtain supplies for Alaska -- The Russian American Company moves into California -- Tarakanov and chiefs iollo and Valli:ela and the negotiations for Fort Ross -- Construction and early years of Fort Ross, 1812-1815 -- Trade with California by the Russian American Company, particularly Khlebnikov -- Story of the Brigantine Lydia/Il'Mena -- Russian round the world adventurers visit California, 1822-1824 -- Russian and Kodiak deserters, captives, and martyrs: Bolcoff, Egorov, and St. Peter the Aleut -- Trips up the Russian (Slavianka) River (1820 and 1833) -- Botanists on Russian expeditions to California in 1816 and 1824 -- The transformation of Fort Ross's primary function from fur hunting to agriculture and light industry -- Russian interaction with the neighboring Indians -- Foreign visitors to Bodega Bay and Fort Ross -- The Russians leave Fort Ross -- Russian rediscovery of Fort Ross -- The enduring romance of Fort Ross --Story of the "Kodiak Bell" at Mission San Fernando Rey -- Fort Ross inthe cold war, 1950-1951.
    The Arrival

    The Arrival - Shaun Tan

    In this wordless graphic novel, a man leaves his homeland and sets off for a new country, where he must build a new life for himself and his family.
    The Buddha in the Attic

    The Buddha in the Attic - Julie Otsuka

    Presents the stories of six Japanese mail-order brides whose new lives in early twentieth-century San Francisco are marked by backbreaking migrant work, cultural struggles, children who reject their heritage, and the prospect of wartime internment.
    The Destruction of California Indians

    The Destruction of California Indians - Robert Heizer

    The Destruction of California Indians : a collection of documents from the period 1847 to 1865 in which are described some of the things that happened to some of the Indians of California / edited by Robert F. Heizer ; introduction to the Bison book edition by Albert L. Hurtado.
    The Lonely Queue: The Forgotten History of the Courageous Chinese Americans in Los Angeles

    The Lonely Queue: The Forgotten History of the Courageous Chinese Americans in Los Angeles - Icy Smith

    The lonely queue : the forgotten history of the courageous Chinese Americans in Los Angeles / by Icy Smith ; Chinese translation by Emily Wang = [Ji mo de bian zi : yong gan de Luoshanji Hua ren suo liu xia de yi duan bei yi wang de li shi / Deng Ruibing zhu ; Wang Guolan Zhong wen yi shu].

    Parallel title and author statement in Chinese.
    Text in English and Chinese.
    The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America

    The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America - Mae Ngai

    The Walking : a novel

    The Walking : a novel - Laleh Khadivi

    Two brothers from a small Iranian mountain village-Saladin, who has always dreamed of leaving, and Ali, who has never given it a thought-are forced to flee for their lives in the aftermath of a political killing. The journey is beset by trouble from the start, but over the treacherous mountains they go, on foot to Istanbul and onward by freighter to theAzores.There, after a painful parting, Saladin alone continues on the final leg, on a cargo plane all the way to Los Angeles. He will have a new life in California, but will never be whole again without his beloved brother and theliving heritage that has always defined him."The Walking" is the second novel in a trilogy about Khadivi's homeland of Iran, a country poised between the ancient and the modern and tossed by political winds that have buffeted theentire globe. Here, Khadivi tells the story of exodus from homeland, an experience that hundreds of thousands of Iranians underwent, and which millions of others, from different places around the world, have also experienced. In the story of two brothers, Khadivi brilliantly explores the tension alive in all immigrants, between the love and attachment to the place they must leave, and the hopes and dreams that lie in the places they are headed.
    Under the Feet of Jesus

    Under the Feet of Jesus - Helena Maria Villamontes

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