Refugee Reading Lists

posted Feb 23, 2011, 8:53 PM by Albany ESOL

For those of us who love to read, have the luxury of some spare time, and are interested in learning more about refugee issues (taken from the CSI Refugee Center Volunteer Handbook located in Twin Falls, Idaho):

 

Autobiography, Biography, Fiction, Poetry:

 

A Long Way Gone, Ishmael Beah

 

Autobiographical Notes: A Centennial Edition, Albert Einstein

 

Call Me By My True Names, Thick Nhat Hanh -- a collection of poems written by a Buddhist monk who fled from Vietnam to France 

 

Day and Night, Elie Wiesel

 

First They Killed My Father, Luong Ung

 

A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, Robert Olen Butler -- collection of short stories that won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1993; each story is narrated by a different Vietnamese immigrant living in Louisiana

 

A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry

 

Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

 

A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

 

Lost Boys of Sudan, Mark Bixler

 

My Land and My People: The Original Autobiography of His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet

 

Notes from My Travels, Angelina Jolie

 

Nowhere Man, Aleksander Hemon

 

Of Beetles & Angels: A Boy's Remarkable Journey from a Refugee Camp to Harvard, Mawi Asgedom

 

Refugee, Adnan Mahmutovic -- a collection of stories and essays inspired by the author's flight from Bosnia and life in Sweden as a refugee 

 

Slave, Mende Nazer and Damien Lewis -- a memoir of a woman who was a slave in Khartoum

 

The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World, Kati Marton

 

The Land of Green Ghosts, Pascal Khoo Thwe

 

The Middle of Everywhere, Mary Pipher -- **** highly recommended; about refugees resettling in Lincoln, Nebraska

 

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Anne Fadiman

 

They Poured Down Fire on Us and from the Sky, Deng, Deng, Ajak and Bernstein

 

What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng , Dave Eggers -- about a Sudanese refugee who ultimately moves to Atlanta, Georgia --- read the review here: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/24/books/review/Prose.t.html

 

Other Nonfiction:

 

Refugee Women, Susan Forbes Marin

 

Refugees in a Global Era, Philip Marfleet

 

Global Changes in Asylum Regimes: Closing Doors, Daniele Joly

 

The Price of Indifference: Refugees and Humanitarian Action in the New Country, Arthur Helton

 

Problems of Protection: The UNHCR, Refugees, and Human Rights, Steiner, Gibney & Loescher

 

The Politics and Ethics of Asylum: Liberal Democracy and the Response of Refugees, Gibney

 

Homecomings: Unsettling Paths of Return, Markowitz Y Stefansson

 

Coming Home? Refugees, Migrants, and Those Who Stayed Behind, Long Y Oxfeld

 

Buddha is Hiding: Refugees, Citizens, and the New America, Aihwa Ong

 

Purity and Exile: Violence, Memory, and National Cosmology Among Hutu Refugees in Tanzania, Lisa H. Malkki

 

Landscape of Hope and Despair: Palestinian Refugee Camps, Julie Peteet

 

In the Land of the Magic Soldiers, Daniel Bergner

 

Videos/Films:

 

A Great Wonder: Lost Children of Sudan, Kim Shelton, 61 min.

 

Rain in a Dray Land, Anne Makepeace

 

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, Zack Niles & Banker White

 

Lost Boys of Sudan, Megan Mylan & Jon Shenk, 87 min.

 

Roosevelt's America, Roger Weisberg & Tod Lending

 

And God Grew Tired of Us, Christopher Quinn

 

Becoming America, Ken Levine & Ivory Waterworth Levine

 

The Lost Boys, Clive Gordon, 77 min.

 

Afghan Stories, Taran Davies, 58 min.

 

The Valley, Dan Reed, 70 min.

 

Being Hmong Means Being Free, 56 min.

 

Blue Collar and Buddha, Taggart Siegel, 57 min.

 

Bui Doi: Life Like Dust, Mishan & Rothenberg, 57 min.

 

First Person Plural, Deann Borshay, 56 min.

 

The Split Horn: Life of a Hmong Shaman in America, Taggart Siegel, 60 min.

 

Letter Back Home, Lacroix & Thepkaysone, 14 min.

 

Reflections: Returning fo Vietnam, 30 min.

 

Shadow Over Tibet: Stories in Exile, Rachel Lyon, 57 min.

 

In This World, Michael Winterbottom, 88 min.

 

Poetical Refugee, Adbel Kechiche, 130 min.

 

From Refugee to Immigrant: A Story of Three Kosovar Albanian Americans, Friedland & Fissel

 

Asylum, McLeod & Reticker, 20 min.

 

Asylum, Gary Beitel, 78 min.

 

The Day My God Died, Andrew Levine, 70 min.

 

Brothers & Others, Nicolas Rossier, 54 min.

 

Beautiful People, Jasmin Dizdar, 107 min.

 

Catfish in Black Bean Sauce, Chi Moui Lo, 119 min.

 

A Family Crisis: The Elian Gonzales Story, Christopher Leitch, 90 min.

 

Fire Dancer, Jawed Wassel, 79 min.

 

The Letter, Ziad Hamzeh, 76 min.

 

Against Wind and Tide: A Cuban Odyssey, Jim Burroughs, 57 min.

 

Journey to Kapasseni: A Refugee's Gift, Bill Weaver, 51 min.

 

TL Xmas, School Daze, and Home, 50 min.

 

Refugee, Spencer Nakasako

 

Kelly Loves Tony, Spencer Nakasako, 57 min.

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