Critical Storytelling

Multilingual Immigrants in the United States


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This edited book is a beautiful and powerful collection of poems and personal and visual narratives of multilingual immigrants in the United States. The purpose of this book is to create a space where immigrant stories can be told from their personal perspectives. The contributors are immigrants from all walks of life who represent a diverse picture of languages, professions, and beliefs from the immigrant diasporas within the United States. Inspired by the use of autoethnography, authors examine their own lives through poems and personal and visual narratives to share with others who might have similar experiences.

Contributors are: Gabriel Teodoro Acevedo Velázquez, Fatmeh Alalawneh, Bashar Al Hariri, Rajwan Alshareefy, Ana Bautista, May F. Chung, Zurisaray Espinosa, Manuel De Jesús Gómez Portillo, Jamie Harris, Ben Haseen, Lydiah Kananu Kiramba, Babak Khoshnevisan, Sharada Krishnamurthy, Judith Landeros, Jiyoon Lee, Pablo Montes, Aracelis Nieves, Gloria Park, Mauricio Patrón Rivera, Luis Javier Pentón Herrera, Tairan Qiu, R. Joseph Rodríguez, Cristina Sánchez-Martín, Sandy Tadeo, Ethan Tính Trịnh, Geovanny Vicente Romero, and Polina Vinogradova.

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Luis Javier Pentón Herrera, Ph.D. (2018), Concordia University Chicago, is a Dissertation Core Faculty at the American College of Education. He has published monographs, book chapters, and articles about TESOL, Spanish, and immigrants in the United States.

Ethan Tính Trịnh is a doctoral student at Georgia State University, focusing on the intersectionality of gender, race, and language education that embraces queerness as a healing teaching and research practice.
Series Editors:
Nicholas D. Hartlep, Berea College, Kentucky
Brandon O. Hensley, Rochester University
Carmella J. Braniger, Millikin University

Editorial Board Members:
René Antrop-González, State University of New York at New Paltz, New York
Noelle W. Arnold, Ohio State University
Daisy Ball, Roanoke College
T. Jameson Brewer, University of North Georgia
Gilberto Conchas, Pennsylvania State University
Brad Evans, University of Bath
Cleveland Hayes, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Mohamed Nur-Awaleh, Illinois State University
Valerie Pang, San Diego State University
Ligia Pelosi, Victoria University
David Pérez II, Syracuse University
Peggy Shannon-Baker, Georgia Southern University
Christine Sleeter, California State University, Monterey Bay
Suzanne SooHoo, Chapman University
Mark Vicars, Victoria University
Gloria Park
List of Figures
Notes on Contributors


1 Immigrant Background Students’ Names and Identities in U.S. Schools: Voices from the Underground
Lydiah Kananu Kiramba
2 This Is Our Summons Now
R. Joseph Rodríguez
3 Gringo or Rican or Just Me
Gabriel Teodoro Acevedo Velázquez
4 Spaces in Between
Sharada Krishnamurthy
5 “¡Vamos Mijo, I Know You Can Do This!”
Manuel De Jesús Gómez Portillo
6 El Sacrificio de una Madre: A Mother’s Sacrifice
Ana Bautista
7 Domestic Tongues
Mauricio Patrón Rivera
8 Mariposa: A Two-Part Poem
Zurisaray Espinosa
9 Beloved
Jamie Harris

PART 2: Personal Narratives

10 Subtle Bangla Traits
Ben Haseen
11 You Had Better Turn off the Fan: Communicative Competence in Practice
Jiyoon Lee
12 Como una Leona: Shielding My Son from Discrimination at School
Aracelis Nieves
13 Every Word Is True: An Autoethnography to Unravel My Story
Babak Khoshnevisan
14 Quê Hương
Ethan Tính Trịnh
15 I Lost My Language But Your Child Doesn’t Have To
May F. Chung
16 Pagbabalik: Does It Even Matter?
Sandy Tadeo
17 My Life’s Metamorphosis: Becoming Bilingual
Luis Javier Pentón Herrera
18 Giving back When Most in Need
Geovanny Vicente Romero
19 Journeying through Transnational Spaces: A Reflexive Account of Praxis and Identity Construction
Rajwan Alshareefy and Cristina Sánchez-Martín
20 Story Weaving: Tejidos de Conocimientos Que Nos Conectan al Territorio
Judith Landeros
21 Entre la Tierra y los Sueños
Pablo Montes
22 The Power of Digital Storytelling for English Language Education: A Reflective Essay
Polina Vinogradova
23 Lost and Found: A Story of Reclaiming Identities
Bashar Al Hariri and Fatmeh Alalawneh
24 The Weight of a Name: My Names and Stories across Lands and Time
Tairan Qiu
All interested in the untold stories of multilingual immigrants in the United States and anyone interested in how these stories are counternarratives in the dominantly white literature.
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