Reviews and Blog Posts: immigrants

Plaza Voices: Plaza and Services to New Immigrants

Plaza participants working on a project.

Each week the Plaza Voices blog brings you information and news about the immigrant experience. But what is Plaza?

Like a traditional town plaza, or central square, Plaza programs are a place to connect with others, share important resources, and enjoy new experiences.

Plaza Voices: Second Generation

Cover of Legacies: The Story of the Immigrant Second Generation

Of the many reasons people leave their home countries to start lives in a new place, "opportunity" has to be one of the most common.

The first generation makes the leap, leaving friends, family, and history behind. What happens to their children, the ones born here? What opportunities do they embrace, and what do they value?

Plaza Voices: Stories from Angel Island

Cover of Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America, available from DPL

This year marks the 105th anniversary of the opening of Angel Island, an immigration station near San Francisco that is sometimes called the Ellis Island of the West. However, Angel Island primarily acted as a detention center for immigrants, especially those of Asian descent.

Plaza Voices: Important Update on Driver's Licenses and IDs under SB-251

Car key

Senate Bill 13-251, The Colorado Road and Community Safety Act, authorizes driver's licenses, instruction permits, or identification cards to be issued to individuals who are either unable to demonstrate lawful presence in the U.S., or can demonstrate only temporary lawful presence.

Unnatural causes is inequality making us sick?

Reviewer Rating:
4

In October I posted a book review for The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More is Getting Us Less.  This documentary was just as eye-opening for me, presenting shocking and tragic statistics along with personal stories regarding how poverty, discrimination, unemployment, lack of support, and exploitation affects our...

A cup of water under my bed : a memoir

by Daisy Hernández

Reviewer Rating:
3

A memoir exploring the intersections of culture, language, class, sexuality, and religion. Hernandez grew up in New Jersey with immigrant parents--her mother from Columbia, her father from Cuba. She learned both Spanish and English and helped her parents navigate the world, including filling out her father's unemployment applications when factory...

Plaza Voices: Resource Guide for New Immigrants

Cover of DPL's updated Resource Guide for New Immigrants

For new immigrants, refugees, or asylees: the Denver Public Library has compiled a list of reliable resources in this guide to assist with your adjustment to life in Colorado. You may find it helpful to read this guidebook in its entirety or find that only certain sections pertain to your needs. You can also access it from our website (just click on the PDF link for a printable, updated guide).

The book of unknown Americans : a novel

by Cristina Henríquez

Reviewer Rating:
5

   I had seen this title on various lists and I felt that I simply had to tackle it soon.  Most stories of immigrants from Mexico often feature the crushing poverty or rampant violence that motivated them to leave. The Rivera family however had a contented life there but left...

Threads and flames

by Esther M Friesner

Reviewer Rating:
4

In 1910, 14 year old Raisa leaves her tiny Polish shtetl to join her older sister, Henda, in New York City, but when she arrives Henda is nowhere to be found. With luck, perseverance, and the help of friends she meets along the way, Raisa eventually manages to support herself and her...

For today I am a boy

by Kim Fu

Reviewer Rating:
4

A beautifully written exploration of identity and fitting in. Peter Huang was born in a small town in Canada to first generation immigrants from China. His father, delighted to have a boy after 2 girls, names him Juan Chaun, "powerful king." Peter grows up with his three sisters, knowing inside...

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