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Go back to where you came from: and other helpful recommendations on how to become American

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This is just one of the many warm, lovely, and helpful tips that Wajahat Ali and other children of immigrants receive on a daily basis. Go back where, exactly? Fremont, California, where he grew up, but is now an unaffordable place to live? Or Pakistan, the country his parents left behind a half-century ago?Growing up living the suburban American dream, young Wajahat devoured comic books (devoid of brown superheroes) and fielded well-intentioned advice from uncles and aunties. (“Become a doctor!”) He had turmeric stains under his fingernails, was accident-prone, suffered from OCD, and wore Husky pants, but he was as American as his neighbors, with roots all over the world. Then, while Ali was studying at University of California, Berkeley, 9/11 happened. Muslims replaced communists as America’s enemy #1, and he became an accidental spokesman and ambassador of all ordinary, unthreatening things Muslim-y.Go Back to Where You Came From
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Grouping Titlego back to where you came from and other helpful recommendations on how to become american
Grouping Authorwajahat ali
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Grouping LanguageEnglish (eng)
Last Grouping Update2022-05-23 04:40:32AM
Last Indexed2022-05-22 06:28:15AM
Novelist Primary ISBN9780393867978

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display_description"A rollercoaster ride of a memoir, by turns hilarious and heartbreaking, by the journalist, playwright, and political activist Wajahat Ali. "Go back to where you came from, you terrorist!" This is just one of the many warm, lovely, and helpful tips that Wajahat Ali and other children of immigrants receive on a daily basis. Go back where exactly? His hometown in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he can't afford rent? Awkward, left-handed, suffering from OCD, and wearing Husky pants, Ali grew up on the margins of the American mainstream, devoid of Brown superheroes, where people like him were portrayed as goofy sidekicks, shop owners with funny accents, sweaty terrorists, or aspiring sweaty terrorists. Driven by his desire to expand the American narrative to include protagonists who look like him, he became a writer, and in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks, an accidental activist and ambassador of all things Muslim-y. He uses his pen with turmeric-stained fingernails to fill in missing narratives, challenge the powerful, and booby trap racist stereotypes. In his bold, hopeful and hilarious memoir, Ali offers indispensable lessons and strategies to help cultivate a more compassionate America"--
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subject_facetAli, Wajahat
Children of immigrants -- United States -- Biography
Journalists -- United States -- Biography
Pakistani Americans -- Biography
Political activists -- United States -- Biography
United States -- Ethnic relations
United States -- Social conditions -- 1980-2020
title_displayGo back to where you came from : and other helpful recommendations on how to become American
title_fullGo Back to Where You Came From And Other Helpful Recommendations on How to Become American
Go back to where you came from : and other helpful recommendations on how to become American / Wajahat Ali
title_shortGo back to where you came from
title_suband other helpful recommendations on how to become American
topic_facetAli, Wajahat
Biography & Autobiography
Children of immigrants
Ethnic relations
Humor (Nonfiction)
Pakistani Americans
Political activists
Social conditions