There are thousands of books, articles, podcasts, films and other media about immigration in the United States. This is not a comprehensive list, nor is it meant to be. These are a selective set of sources that I have encountered that made an impact on me and/or my students. If readers have suggestions to add to this list, you can email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Asia and the Pacific Islands
- A podcast on American Samoa and complicated relationships to citizenship. https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/radiolab/articles/americanish
- Burma: a Secret Genocide
- a short documentary film about the Karen National Liberation Army
- La Juala de Oro
- A 2013 feature film about teen migrants from Guatemala and their journey through Mexico to the United States
- The Book of Unknown Americans
- A novel by Cristina Henriquez woven with stories from people from all over Latin America living in the US as families and neighbors.
- The Out Crowd
- A podcast from This American Life that reports from the front lines of the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” asylum policy, hearing from asylum seekers waiting across the border in Mexico, in a makeshift refugee camp, and from the officers who sent them there to wait in the first place. This episode won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for audio reporting, the first ever given for audio journalism. https://www.thisamericanlife.org/688/the-out-crowd
Europe, Africa, and the Middle East
- An award-winning novel by Nigerian immigrant Chimamanda Adichie about love, identity, and being Black in America.
- Abdi and the Golden Ticket
- A podcast about a Somali refugee living in Kenya who wins a lottery that puts him on a short list for a U.S. visa. But before he can cash in his golden ticket, the police start raiding his neighborhood, targeting refugees. https://www.thisamericanlife.org/560/abdi-and-the-golden-ticket