Voices of African Immigrants in Kentucky
Migration, Identity, and Transnationality
About the Authors
Iddah Otieno, born and raised in Kenya, is professor of English and African studies at Bluegrass Community and Technical College where she also directs the Kenya Exchange Program. She is the author of Kenyan Public Universities in the Age of Internationalization: Challenges and Prospects.
Angene Wilson is professor emerita of education at the University of Kentucky where she chaired the secondary social studies program for twenty-nine years. She is the author of The Meaning of International Experience for Schools, Africa on My Mind: Educating Americans for Fifty Years, Living Peace Corps' Third Goal, and coauthor of Voices from the Peace Corps: Fifty Years of Kentucky Volunteers.
Jack Wilson spent more than thirty-five years in public service, first with the US Peace Corps in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Fiji, and then in Kentucky's Natural Resources and Environmental Cabinet. He is coauthor of Voices from the Peace Corps: Fifty Years of Kentucky Volunteers.
"How refreshing to find a book that makes the case for transnationalism as the way many immigrants actually feel and live once in the US—adapting to new identities as Americans but remaining connected to their homelands in positive ways. Their voices move us past appreciation of multiculturalism in our society, to an awareness of their even richer contribution: a global perspective. The authors themselves, two Africa-born immigrants and two Americans with deep African experience, exemplify this theme, lending the book authority and authenticity."—Pat Nyhan, author of New Mainers: Portraits of Our Immigrant Neighbors
"This is an outstanding book that presents the complexities of the African immigrant experience in the United States. The first-person accounts and the diverse topics provide a deeper understanding of the migration stories and lived experiences."—Josphine Chaumba, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
"There is no prototypical journey to citizenship for the thousands of African immigrants from almost fifty different countries who now reside in Kentucky. Born out of individual oral histories, Voices of African Immigrants in Kentucky expertly explores the complexities and ever-evolving nuances of leaving—though sometimes fleeing, seeking, reevaluating, rebuilding—and ultimately reestablishing what qualifies as home.
Made all the more complicated by political, cultural, religious, racial, and linguistic barriers, the lived experiences of the many disparate lives captured in this most compelling of books allow us to begin to better understand America's immigration landscape. This is a must read for anyone seeking the substance behind the newspaper headlines and statistics."—Frank X Walker, author of Affrilachia and Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers
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