Posted on 03/02/2019 at 08:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Those of us who live in our native countries but who have traveled abroad can imagine how parts of the immigrant experience feels.

We’ve been surrounded by a language we speak little of (or don’t at all). We’ve maybe even stuck out, physically, compared with the natives of the land we’re in.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Most of us likely travel to tourist-heavy areas, where we feel tolerated, perhaps even welcomed, and few of us travel with an overwhelming sense that the natives are expecting us to achieve a high moral standard.

That pressure to prove your worth to an entire country inspired the title of a new collection of essays, The Good Immigrant, which contains reflections from twenty-six writers and artists on what it’s like to move to America.

Joel Rose spoke with a few of the contributors, and you can listen to their conversations below or read excerpts from it on NPR’s website.

Categories: Author Interview

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