Invisible Americans: Stories from the New Immigrants

Broadcast: January 7, 2018 at 4pm:

This week's Sunday Sound Adventure is by Black Swan Arts.

Immigration is in the news every day. But we rarely hear the stories of immigrants in their own words.

“At times of rapid social and demographic change, such as the story of immigrant America today, the need for understanding is absolutely crucial. The best way to understand is not with statistics, not with theories, not with politicians trying to stir up emotions. It’s through the simple human stories. Especially those told by children, by the most innocent because the honesty of them comes through. Stories have Velcro. Stories will stick to the mind. And in doing so you will remember them and you will better understand the stories of those who came from Vietnam, from Cambodia, from Yemen, from Guatemala, from Mexico. And you will better understand how the combination of all those stories is what makes the United States today.” Rubén Rumbaut, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Irvine