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New Immigrants Resources

This list of resources was compiled by the ALSC Library Service to Special Population Children and Their Caregivers Committee.

Bischoff, Henry.  Immigration Issues (Major Issues in American History Series). Greenwood, 2001.
Four major sections address U.S. immigrations policy, national identity, public order, and human rights. This informative and readable resource is appropriate for high school students and older. Statistics and an appendix of historical and contemporary primary source documents are included.

Center for Immigrations Studies
CIS is a non-profit research institute that examines and evaluates the impact of immigration on the United States. The site offers news and articles, center-generated publications, and information on timely and relevant topics.

Hirschman, Charles, Philip Kasinitx, and Josh DeWind, eds.  The Handbook of International Migrations: The American Experience. University of North Carolina Press, 2002.
A comprehensive overview on the state of immigration research, drawing on recent social science theory and demographic research to examine the social, economic, and political effects and implications of immigration in the U.S. This is an excellent introduction to the subject.

Jacoby, Ed., Tamar.  Reinventing The Melting Pot: The New Immigrants And What It Means To Be American.  Basic Books, 2004.
This timely title gives the readers new perspective on the American melting pot discussing the changes to this phenomenon and where our country stands today concerning immigration. A collection of over twenty essays provide unique and often unorthodox answers to conventional immigration and citizenship questions.

Koltyk, Jo Ann.  New Pioneers in the Heartland: Hmong Life in Wisconsin, (New Immigrants series). Allyn and Bacon, 1998.
This book first traces the stages of the Hmong refugee experience and then looks at how Hmong families are adjusting and adapting to their new lives in America.

Kuharets, Irina A., ed.  Bridging Cultures: Ethnic Services in the Libraries of New York State. New York Library Assn., Ethnic Services Round Table,  2001.
This compilation of articles provides a useful guide to effective ethnic programming in libraries. Over thirty different types of programs are described with enough detail so that any library could replicate their efforts or get ideas to plan their own programs.

Lehrer, Warren.  Crossing the Blvd: Strangers, Neighbors, Aliens in a New America. Norton & Company, Incorporated, W. W,  2003.
Seventy-three first-person narratives from recent immigrants around the world are illuminated by photographic portraits of the subjects, providing a  kaleidoscopic view of the lives of new immigrants and refugees living in Queens, New York. The authors explore what brings people to America and the obstacles, ironies, and triumphs they experience once they get here.

Martinez, Ruben.  The New Americans. The New Press, 2004.
This book, a companion to a PBS miniseries, details the lives of seven families who have recently arrived in the United States from the West Bank, Nigeria, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and India. Some of them occupy the bottom rungs of society, while others are middle-class professionals, but all of them experience a sense of inner conflict between the Old World and the New.

Mendoza, Louis Gerard.  Crossing into America: The New Literature of Immigration. The New Press, 2003.
This collection presents voices from the second wave of American immigration, mixing writing from Jamaica Kincaid, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Richard Rodriguez, with striking selections from young writers, into a complex portrait of America.

Mitra, Kalita S.  Suburban Sahibs: Three Immigrant Families and their Passage from Inda to America. Rutgers University Press, 2003.
The book considers how immigration by South Asians has altered the American suburb, and how the suburb has in turn altered these immigrants.  With a focus on the stories of three Indian families who settled in Middlesex County in central New Jersey,  readers learn why these families decided to leave India, experience the tensions they encountered upon their arrival in the U.S. and witness the realities of life here for South Asians.

Portes,  Alejandro and Ruben G. Rumbaut. Immigrant America: A Portrait. University of California Press, 1997.
The second edition of this classic book presents the experience of immigration from economic, geographic, cultural, and psychological perspectives. In a very readable format the authors explain how America has become a mosaic of peoples and nationalities, and what the prospects for the future are as well.

Public Library Services to New Americans -
The Urban Libraries Council’s most recent Frequent Fast Facts survey focuses on public library services to new Americans. It includes a useful survey of statistics, charts noting public libraries across the country involved in a variety of services to New Americans, and other highlights in a very readable report. 

Stepick, Alex.  Pride Against Prejudice: Haitians in the United States, (New Immigrants series).  Allyn and Bacon, 1998. 
The book examines the problems of prejudice, economics and immigration Haitians confront, along with their pride and resources of family, community and culture.

Waldinger, Roger. Strangers at the Gates: New Immigrants in Urban America. University of California Press, 2001.
A revered writer and sociology professor provides a timely work that examines the challenges confronting immigrant workers in urban areas. This informative analysis of the economic successes and problems of today's immigrants and of the native-born Americans, with whom they coexist and compete, will be of interest to general readers and scholars alike.

Wong, Bernard P. Ethnicity and Entrepreneurship: the New Chinese Immigrants in the San Francisco Bay Area, (New Immigrants series).  Allyn and Bacon, 1998.
This title in the New Immigrants series focuses on how the new Chinese immigrants use their ethnic and personal resources to make economic adaptations in the U.S., and portrays the new Chinese immigrants as problem-solvers and decision makers who shape their own destinies.

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