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This is a library resource guide created to help students research the history and culture of particular stories: https://guides.pcc.edu/history203_Lowgren
One big project that I love to see is a class-sourced index.
Short assignment ideas:
- Research what US immigration policies were in place in the year that this person arrived. (Pay attention to how it was different for different countries of origin and/or refugee and asylum status.) Write an explanation of the immigration laws that are most central to this person’s story.
- Research and explain the type of status or visa that the person currently has or formerly had.
- What is the history of the relationship between the United States and this country? How has it changed over time? How has it impacted the country?
- Find a map of the country and pinpoint exactly where your narrator is from. Write a description of relevant geographic features, borders, ethnic and/or religious groups and other demographics you think are important.
Some questions for discussion or written reflections:
- Does immigration play any role in your own family’s history? What do you know about it?
- What is the difference between the following types of legal status? Make a chart to explain: undocumented, asylum-seeker, refugee, temporary protected status, permanent resident, and naturalized citizen?
- Why do some narrators choose to become U.S. citizens and some do not? What are the benefits and detriments? Give examples.
- What is the range of experiences the narrators have had with xenophobia and/or racism? Give examples
- What roles do gender and/or sexual orientation play in the lives of immigrants? How might their life have been different if they had been of a different gender and/or sexual orientation? What role does marriage play?
- How does wealth affect immigration? Give examples of people from different class backgrounds and how access to money shaped their experiences.
- Give examples of three personal reasons why narrators chose to immigrate. (e.g. family unification)
- Give examples of three structural reasons the caused narrators to immigrate. (e.g. poverty)