What is your favorite immigrant short story to teach?  Looking for an immigrant short story as a starter for my The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao unit.  The novel is a spin on the standard...

What is your favorite immigrant short story to teach?  

Looking for an immigrant short story as a starter for my The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao unit.  The novel is a spin on the standard immigrant story.  Need a short story that is public domain, that can be found on the internet as a "doc" or "pdf" document.  Please help...

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I always liked "Hamadi" because it is about a girl and her understanding of her culture as she gets older.  Another good story about immigration is "Homesick" but it's more of a biography.  There was a story about a little girl whose grandmother does not want her to wear ballet shoes because they remind her of foot binding.  I think it's called "Ribbons" but I can't find the author.

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Just to develop #2, "Two Kinds" is actually an excerpt from Tan's longer novel, The Joy Luck Club, which explores a number of Chinese first generation immigrants who have moved to the States and their relationship with their daughters, who as second generation immigrants have been born and brought up in the US and often choose to reject the culture of their parents and embrace the culture of what they see as "their" country. It is a very moving book and raises a number of issues to do with migration, identity, and feminism. It is to be recommended!

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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"Two Kinds" by Amy Tan would be one that you might consider. It addresses the cultural issues of Chinese immigrants and their efforts to adapt to American culture. The relatable conflict between parent and child makes draws the attention of the reader to the commonality of different cultures and then uses the Chinese culture divergence from American culture as a meaningful and colorful backdrop.

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