Saturday, March 01, 2008

What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng (part II of II)

I’ll continue now with the second part of my review of What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng, by Dave Eggers. The first part was here, in case you missed it.

The book illuminates a rather serious problem for migrants and migrant advocates. Migrants often come to the U.S. or other wealthy countries with unreasonable expectations. I remember from elementary school the song from An American Tail: “There are noooo cats in Ame-ri-ca, and the streets are filled with chee-eese.” The intrepid mice quickly find both these assumptions to be false. Likewise, many Lost Boys seem to have believed their problems would be over once they made it to the U.S. They were wrong:

[Continued at Citizen Orange]

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