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Because I Dont Have Wings (06 Edition)by Garrison
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For Mexican workers, the agricultural valleys of the inland Northwest are a long way from home. But there they have established communities, settlements recent enough that it feels like these newly arrived immigrant mexicanos are pioneers, still getting used to the Anglos and to each other. This book looks at the inner lives of Mexican immigrants in a northwestern U.S. boomtown, a loose collection of families from Michoacán and surrounding states living a mere 150 miles from Canada. They are more isolated than most mexicano communities closer to home, and they endure severe winters that make life more difficult still. Neighborhoods form, dissolve, and re-form. Family members who leave may stay in touch, but friends very often simply vanish, leaving only their nicknames behind. Without a market or a plaza, residents meet at weddings, christenings, and funerals—or at the food bank. Philip Garrison has spent most of his life in this region and shares in vivid prose tales of immigrant life, both contemporary and historical, revealing the dual lives of first-generation Mexican immigrants who move smoothly between the Yakima Valley and their homes in Mexico. And with a scholars eye he examines figures of speech that reflect mexicano feelings about immigrant life, offering glimpses of adaptation through offhand remarks, family spats, and town gossip. Written with irony but bursting with compassion, Because I Dont Have Wings features vivid characters, telling anecdotes, and poignant reflections on life, unfolding an immigrants world strikingly different from the one we usually read about. Adaptation, persistence, and survival, we learn, are traits that mexicano culture values. We also learn that, over time, mexicano immigrants dont merely adapt to the culture of el norte, they transform it.
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Since the early 1970s, Garrison has rotated university teaching assignments between Mexico and Washington State; in 1995 he co- founded a volunteer group offering advocacy, interpretation services, and a food/clothing bank serving people from central Washington's mexicano communities. In this text he shares stories of first- generation Mexican immigrants living in the Yakima Valley region of Washington State, offering insights into the Mexican immigrant community that are rarely presented in television and print journalism. No subject index. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
For Mexican workers, the agricultural valleys of the inland Northwest are a long way from home. But there they have established communities, settlements recent enough that it feels like these newly arrived immigrant
About the Author
Philip Garrison is the author of Augury and Waiting for the Earth to Turn Over. He is one of the founders of APOYO, a volunteer group that offers advocacy, interpretation services, and a food and clothing bank that now serves some 400 people a month from central Washingtons mexicano communities. He is a recipient of the Associated Writing Programs Creative Nonfiction Award and a Governors Writer's Award from Washington State. He is an emeritus professor of English at Central Washington University and lives in Ellensburg.
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