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Beyond the Book: Immigration & Becoming an American

Beyond the Book 2023-2024

Discussion Questions

  • What does it mean to be American?
  • What is the American Dream for you? Do you think it is different for different people? Has it changed over time? 
  • How has the immigrant experience changed over time? How has it stayed the same?
  • Should the government regulate immigration? If yes, why? And how?

What Does It Mean to be American?

The Asian Immigrant Experience

Interior Chinatown - page 228

graphic reads: "We've been here two hundred years. The first Chinese came in 1815. Germans and Dutch and Irish and Italians who came at the turn of the twentieth century. They're Americans.  (points at himself)  Why doesn't this face register as American?"

Becoming American: The Chinese Experience - PBS

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