Beautiful Country Pdf Summary
In Chinese, the word for America, Mei Guo, translates directly to “beautiful country.” Yet when seven-year-old Qian arrives in New York City in 1994 full of curiosity, she is overwhelmed by crushing fear and scarcity. In China, Qian’s parents were professors; in America, her family is “illegal” and it will require all the determination and small joys they can muster to survive.
In Chinatown, Qian’s parents labor in sweatshops. Instead of laughing at her jokes, they fight constantly, taking out the stress of their new life on one another. Shunned by her classmates and teachers for her limited English, Qian takes refuge in the library and masters the language through books, coming to think of The Berenstain Bears as her first American friends. And where there is delight to be found, Qian relishes it: her first bite of gloriously greasy pizza, weekly “shopping days,” when Qian finds small treasures in the trash lining Brooklyn’s streets, and a magical Christmas visit to Rockefeller Center — confirmation that the New York City she saw in movies does exist after all.
But then Qian’s headstrong Ma Ma collapses, revealing an illness that she has kept secret for months for fear of the cost and scrutiny of a doctor’s visit. As Ba Ba retreats further inward, Qian has little to hold onto beyond his constant refrain: Whatever happens, say that you were born here, that you’ve always lived here.
Inhabiting her childhood perspective with exquisite lyric clarity and unforgettable charm and strength, Qian Julie Wang has penned an essential American story about a family fracturing under the weight of invisibility, and a girl coming of age in the shadows, who never stops seeking the light.
The moving story of an undocumented child living in poverty in the richest country in the world — an incandescent debut from an astonishing new talent
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About Qian Julie Wang Author of Beautiful Country Pdf Book
Qian Julie the Author of Beautiful Country Pdf Book was born in Shijiazhuang, China. At age 7, she moved to Brooklyn, New York, with her parents. For five years thereafter, the three lived in the shadows of undocumented life in New York City. Qian Julie’s first book is a poignant literary memoir that follows the family through those years, as they grappled with poverty, manual labor in sweatshops, lack of access to medical care, and the perpetual threat of deportation.
A graduate of Yale Law School and Swarthmore College—where she juggled classes and extracurriculars with four part-time jobs—Qian Julie is now a litigator. She wrote Beautiful Country on her iPhone, during her subway commute to and from work at a national law firm, where she was elected to partnership within two years of joining the firm. She is now managing partner of Gottlieb & Wang LLP, a firm dedicated to advocating for education and civil rights. Qian Julie believes that affording underprivileged communities the type of legal representation typically reserved for wealthy corporate interests is the first step to eradicating systemic barriers.
Qian Julie’s writing has appeared in major publications such as The New York Times and The Washington Post, and she regularly speaks on issues such as immigration, education, discrimination, and economic disparity. She is the founder and leader of the Jews of Color group at Central Synagogue, where she is also member of the Racial Justice Task Force and the social justice reform leadership. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their two rescue dogs, Salty and Peppers.
Beautiful Country pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information
- Publisher : Doubleday (September 7, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0385547218
- ISBN-13 : 978-0385547215
- Item Weight : 1.37 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.57 x 1.26 x 9.54 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #6 in Emigrants & Immigrants Biographies
- #16 in Asian & Asian Americans Biographies
- #608 in Memoirs (Books)
- Customer Reviews: 4.4 out of 5 stars 3,473 ratings
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