Tag Archives: Refugee and immigrant experience

Mengestu and the Immigrant Experience

In The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears Dinaw Mengestu tracks the American immigrant experience through the lives of three characters: Sepha, Joseph and Kenneth. Each of them looks back on Africa in a different way encompassing feelings of longing, disillusionment … Continue reading

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Coups and Home

Quite early on in this text there is a game that the three men, Stephanos, Joe, and Ken consistently play.  The game itself is all about being able to locate an area that a coup was occurring or had occurred … Continue reading

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Gentrification and Refugee and Immigrant Experience in The Beautiful Things Heaven Bears

In US media coverage about gentrification and human displacement occurring in major cities across the country, refugee and immigrant voices or stories are rarely included. We know from statistical data that many refugees and immigrants reside in the areas that … Continue reading

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