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International Journal of Multicultural Education, v13 n1 2011

As of 2008, about 23% of children in the United States were immigrants or the children of immigrants. This paper examines how immigrants are portrayed in books aimed at teenagers. From a sample of 20 young-adult novels we look at the demographics of both protagonist and author and examine how three main themes are addressed: (1) experiences prior to immigration; (2) journeys of immigration; and (3) adjustments due to immigration. Finally, we explore how the issues of power, difference, and representation play out in these immigrant narratives.

Descriptors: Immigrants, Adolescent Literature, Authors, Personal Narratives, Immigration, Power Structure, Cultural Differences, Cultural Pluralism, Content Analysis

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Author: Clifford, Elizabeth; Kalyanpur, Maya

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=3904&id=EJ1109701







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