Tag: Immigrant experience

Maxine Beneba Clarke and Abigail Ulman

Australian Movement #AuthorsforAsylum Takes off on Twitter

Australian authors are holding auctions of signed and annotated copies of their work and offers of editing on Twitter in response to leaked government documents revealing plans to force refugees back into danger. 


Government documents leaked over night reveal that Immigration Minister Peter Dutton plans to force up to 100 refugees and asylum seekers out onto the street. This will force them back into danger.  



Maxine Beneba Clarke is among Australian authors taking part in #authorsforasylum / via The Australian


The documents show that, starting Monday, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection intend to issue dozens of people a ‘final departure Bridging E Visa.’ These were people who were transferred to Australia from offshore detention for medical reasons. This visa gives recipients three weeks to find alternate accommodations, while at the same time cutting their financial support entirely.


Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre, Hugh de Kretser, says: 


This is a shocking act of cruelty. We are talking about people who have been in Australia, some for several years. They have endured unimaginable suffering but are finally starting to rebuild their lives in freedom and safety in our communities. Then now, out of the blue, Dutton is trying to force them back to danger by making them destitute.


Australian authors, including Abigail Ulman, Penni Russon, and Stella Prize-shortlister Maxine Beneba Clarke,have rallied in support of the targeted community, offering signed copies of their work, and their editing services in exchange for donations to the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre. This is Australia’s largest independent not-for-profit who supports and empowers people seeking asylum and refugees. 






Many authors are taking part in the fundraiser, and there are plenty of amazing offers up for grabs for a great cause! Search #authorsforasylum for more details.


Featured Image via The Australian and The Sydney Morning Herald 

Mila Kunis and Aziz Ansari

Mila Kunis and Aziz Ansari Examine Immigration in Six-Word Memoirs

The creators of ABC’s “Fresh off the Boat” have collaborated with Six-Word Memoirs to provide some optimism regarding the topic of immigration in the new book “Six Words Fresh Off the Boat.” Celebrities like Mila Kunis, Aziz Ansari, and George Takei sing songs of hope and praise to their immigrant parents, or, more generally, the immigrant experience.


Six Words Fresh Off the Boat cover

via Amazon


Entertainment Weekly has revealed a handful of these brief memoirs. Here are some memorable ones:


A better life for our children

– Mila Kunis


Every immigrant’s journey is truly incredible.

– Aziz Ansari


Even after internment, still love America.

– George Takei


America, thanks for adopting my family.

– Regina Spektor


Six Words Fresh Off the Boat” also includes a foreword penned by “Fresh Off the Boat” creator Nahnatchka Khan and executive producer Melvin Marr, which you can read here. Other contributors include Julianne Moore, Neil Gaiman, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Mario Batali, and Junot Diaz.


It’s nice to see the people behind one of TV’s most timely (and hilarious) comedies are truly invested in their material. The new book is sure to be heartfelt, and moving. “Six Words Fresh Off the Boat” will be released September 5, and you can pre-order it here.


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Sarah Jessica Parker for Vanity Fair

Sarah Jessica Parker Selects Muslim American Novel for New Literary Imprint

Sarah Jessica Parker has recently partnered with Hogarth, the transatlantic imprint of Penguin Random House to produce her own line of books ‘SJP for Hogarth’ and hopes to publish books by both established writers and new voices.  ‘A Place for Us’ is her first acquisition. 


Fatima Farheen Mirza, a 26 year old graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop has written a book that deals with the tensions raised within an immigrant family when the daughter decides to marriage of love.


Fatima Mirza

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Parker said that Mirza “allows her reader to better understand what it means to reconcile one’s love of family and culture with a desire to find one’s own path, and one’s own faith. Ms. Mirza painstakingly details the life of an Indian Muslim family in America and their children’s search to feel whole, fulfilled, and content.”


The Huffington Post noted that days after President Donald Trump issued his first attempt at a Muslim travel ban in February of this year, a group of nearly 80 literary agents issued an open call for submissions from Muslim authors in an attempt to “seek out unheard voices so that others can hear them.”


We can’t wait to read what’s sure to be a great debut, and to see what new and diverse voices Parker brings to the fore! 


Featured Image Courtesy of Vanity Fair