Reviews and Blog Posts: immigrant experience

Plaza Voices: Stories of Integration

Photo from the "Stories of Integration" series on view at Barnum Library

Desiree S. of the Ross-Barnum branch writes:

Moving away from one’s home can be one of the most challenging life experiences. Having come to Denver via Oklahoma City myself just one year ago, I can certainly vouch for there being a period of readjustment -- one has to discover all new neighborhoods, meet all new friends and perhaps reconnect with old ones. In short, one must create an everyday existence that is different from what was there before. But what about adjusting to a place where both the language and the culture are completely foreign?

Plaza Voices: Denver Startup Week

Cover of "Startup Weekend," available through DPL

Denver Startup Week is going on now! This multi-day event brings together some of the most innovative people in the state for information sessions, networking, and discussion about creative entrepreneurship in Colorado.

Plaza Voices: The Pride of America

Liz Balmaseda, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist and U.S. Citizen from Cuba

Each year on July 4th, the Carnegie Corporation of New York celebrates by honoring a group of distinguished American citizens, taking out a full page add in the New York Times. The people featured are writers, chemists, architects, entrepreneurs, chess masters, actors, astronauts and cellists. They are athletes, politicians, doctors, and engineers. What do all these people have in common, aside from their impressive accomplishments and their status as U.S. citizens?

Plaza Voices: Mulberry Child

Jian Ping (left) and her daughter Lisa Xia (right).

In 2008, Jian Ping had the opportunity to return to China for the Olympic Games and brought her adult daughter Lisa with her. After years of tension stemming from their different cultural values and expectations, Jian was hoping this trip would help her reconnect with Lisa in a new way. While revisiting her mother’s painful past, Lisa realized how much sadness and trauma her family had experienced, and just how much it influenced her mother and her decision to immigrate.

Plaza Voices: Bridging the Gap

Cover of American Libraries May 2014 issue

The Denver Public Library's Plaza program is featured in the May 2014 issue of American Libraries Magazine!

Though the article, "Connecting Latinos with Libraries," focuses particularly on Spanish-speakers, Plaza programs are designed to engage international migrants from all over the world, as well as other community members, regardless of their background or native language.

Plaza Voices: Making It in America

Photograph of Fetien, owner of Konjo Catering

Did you know that we have over 75 unique neighborhoods in Denver? We speak 145 different languages here! In our city, every immigrant has a story, and every community has a voice. The "How I Made It" program series broadcasts immigrant voices and sparks conversations between immigrants and native-born communities--about success and innovation, hard work and inspiration, challenges and opportunities. About making it here in America.

Small island

Reviewer Rating:
5

   I admit that I picked up this title simply because I saw the ubiquitous Benedict Cumberbatch on the cover but he has a relatively minor role in this two part series.  Based on a book of the same name the movie follows the lives of Jamaican immigrants in London...

Drown

by Junot Díaz

Reviewer Rating:
4

Junot Díaz’s Drown, is a raw and riveting collection of ten stories detailing the lives of recent immigrants from the Dominican Republic. All encircle family, friends and love, but in heartbreaking circumstances. All the voices in the collection of stories, are trying to embrace their new world while holding on...

Together tea

by Marjan Kamali

Reviewer Rating:
4

Together Tea by Marjan Kamali is a sweet novel. It tells the story of an Iranian-American mother who uses spreadsheets and mathematical formulas to try to find her daughter the perfect husband, along with that of her daughter, who wants to quit business school to be an artist much more...

Lotería : a novel

by Mario Alberto Zambrano

Reviewer Rating:
5

Lotería is a dark tale told from the perspective of a young Mexican girl punctuated by vivid illustrations of lotería cards. The cards act as vignettes that slowly reveal the causes of why narrator Luz Castillo is in foster care while her sister is in the intensive care unit, her...

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