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Month: February 2012

Ted Talks: Tan Le’s immigration story

On a recent Ted Talk, technologist Tan Le shared her family’s immigration story. She speaks about her mother, grandmother, and sister leaving Vietnam. Like Enrique’s journey, Tan Le’s journey was dangerous, and travelers suffered poverty, fear, and discrimination. Watch the video below, and leave a comment with your own thoughts and reaction.

Response to Bound to El Norte: Don Bartletti Photography Exhibit

As a student who works at Memorial Library, I noticed that there was a new addition to the lobby area, the Bound to El Norte: Don Bartletti Photography Exhibit (See previous announcement blog post). I would usually glance at it briefly before heading to work, and I have noticed that many others did the same, just stopping briefly then carrying on with their lives.

The other day I stopped and took the time to appreciate the exhibit. I looked at every single photograph and read the brief stories below them. The photographs are very powerful and really depict what the journey is like for immigrants trying to make their way to the United States. After going through all the photographs, I experienced sadness, especially after seeing pictures of children taking such dangerous risks to find their mothers, but I also felt an overwhelming sense of empowerment. Empowerment to help these immigrants in any way that I can and hope that others feel the same way.

These feelings are why I recommend that you also stop by the exhibit at Memorial Library by February 27 or at Ebling Library from March 1-30. After viewing the exhibit, feel free to leave your comments in the notebook on display.

Jessica Waala
Undergraduate Student

Immigration in the News

Campaigns for the next presidential election are well underway, and federal immigration policy is starting to show up in headlines. A VOXXI (The Voice of the Hispanic 21st Century) article yesterday called Hispanics support Obama, but has he earned their vote? questioned whether the majority of the Hispanic community will vote for Obama a second time, primarily due to his lack of action on immigration-related issues.

Many believe that Obama has shown support of the Hispanic community through his term- several Hispanic men and women were appointed to cabinet and leadership positions, and according to the VOXXI article, “the White House cites a number of programs geared to offer specific economic, educational and healthcare support to the Hispanic community.” However, the federal government has made few changes to American immigration policy, and we have yet to see substantial immigration reform, though Obama promises to make passage of the DREAM Act a priority if he is reelected. For more information, see Winning the Future: President Obama’s Agenda and the Hispanic Community.
Do you think immigration policy will come in to play in the coming election? What course of action should the candidates take?

Immigration Resources at the UW Madison Libraries

Memorial Library is currently featuring a display of immigration books in the lobby, and if you’re reading Enrique’s Journey for a spring semester course, you might want to check them out!

However, there are a number of places you can go to find books and resources about immigration- whether you’re reading this year’s Go Big Read or you’re just looking for more information. To start, check out these research guides:

While Enrique’s Journey focuses on modern-day immigration issues, immigration has been part of American history from the beginning. Visit the Wisconsin Historical Society’s website for resources about historical immigration and settlements in Wisconsin. Looking for something else? Ask a Librarian for help!

Other Works by Sonia Nazario

Many members of the campus community read Enrique’s Journey last semester, and might be interested in reading some of Sonia Nazario’s other works. As a journalist, the author of this year’s Go Big Read has been writing about social issues for years.

Interested readers can access PDF versions of Orphans of Addiction and The Hunger Wars: Fighting for Food in Southern Carolina.

Orphans of Addiction tells the story of children whose parents are abusing drugs, while The Hunger Wars discusses four aspects of food scarcity issues in Southern California: school breakfasts, the salvage food industry, food stamps, and efforts to remedy these problems. As a result of The Hunger Wars, thousands of children have been able to receive breakfast at school in an area where hunger is prevalent. Nazario won the George Polk Award for local reporting for this series.

If you’ve read these other series, let us know what you think! For more information about Sonia Nazario’s other works, as well as her current speaking tours and interviews, visit the official website for Enrique’s Journey.

Suggest a title TODAY for next year’s Go Big Read

Thanks to all who have submitted a title for next year’s Go Big Read! Chancellor Ward has selected the theme of “innovation,” and we’ve received many great titles on the topic. Here’s just a few of our submitters’ favorite books:

Creating Dairyland: How caring for cows saved our soil, created our landscape, brought prosperity to our state, and still shapes our way of life in Wisconsin, by Edward Janus

KaBOOM!: How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play, by Darrell Hammond

Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation
, by Steven Johnson

For more titles, check out our running list of book suggestions. Do you have a favorite book about innovation? Click here to view our criteria and submit a title. Act fast- today is the deadline!