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What Makes An American?: A Story of Global Migration and Its Impact on Houston

  • Asia Society 1370 Southmore Boulevard Houston, TX, 77004 United States (map)

Migration is changing the world — reordering politics, economics, and cultures across the globe. With 45 million immigrants in the United States, few issues are as polarizing as immigration policy, and yet the immigration population remains an underappreciated asset to the country.

In his new book, New York Times reporter and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Jason DeParle expertly combines the personal and panoramic to present both a family saga and the defining chronicle of a new age — the age of global migration. When DeParle moved into the Manila slums with Tita Comodas and her family three decades ago, he never imagined his reporting on them would span three generations, following an unforgettable family willing themselves out of shantytown poverty into a new global middle class. Beating the odds, Tita's daughter Rosalie works her way across the Middle East as a nurse until a Texas hospital fulfills her dream with a job in the States. Her journey is a 21st-century classic, rendered in gripping detail.

Asia Society Texas Center and the National Immigration Forum are pleased to present a conversation with Jason DeParle, author of A Good Provider is One Who Leaves: One Family and Migration in the 21st Century, and Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, who will discuss how global migration has impacted and contributed to the Greater Houston area.

The book will be available for sale, and a book-signing session will follow the program.


Thursday, October 24, 2019
5:45 p.m. Reception
6:30 p.m. Program

Earlier Event: October 12
New American Festival
Later Event: October 25
Fall Leadership Forum Session III