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Coming to America: Writers and the Immigrant Story

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&raquo Download Audio(mp3) By Doreen Baingana 2006-12-10 VOICE ONE: Welcome to THIS IS AMERICA in VOA S

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by doreen baingana
2006-12-10

voice one:

welcome to this is america in voa special english. i'm steve ember.

voice two:

and i'm barbara klein. our subject this week -- writers and the immigrant experience, revisited. recently we talked about four writers and the influence of their ties to latin america and the caribbean. this time it is the middle east, africa and europe.

(music)

voice one:

elmaz abinader

the author and poet elmaz abinader grew up in a small town in pennsylvania, in the northeastern united states. her parents came from lebanon. her family spoke mostly arabic at home.

at school, she says, other children insulted her for being different. she looked for some connection between her two lives.

as she tells it, everything changed when she went to college. she took control of her identity. she began to cook middle eastern foods and to listen to arabic music with her friends. she also began to write about her grandmother.

in college in the nineteen seventies, elmaz abinader studied writing. but she says most of the american writers she studied had european roots. she felt that her culture was not welcome in american writing.

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