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Diary of a reluctant dreamer: undocumented vignettes from a pre-American life

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Mad Creek Books, an imprint of The Ohio State University Press,
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In this hybrid memoir, Alberto Ledesma wonders, At what point does a long-time undocumented immigrant become an American in the making? From undocumented little boy to "hyper documented" university professor, Ledesma recounts how even now, he sometimes finds himself reverting to the child he was, recalling his father's words: "Mijo, it doesn't matter how good you think your English is, la migra will still get you." Exploring Ledesma's experiences from immigrant to student to academic, Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer presents a humorous, gritty, and multilayered portrait of undocumented immigrant life in urban America. Ledesma's vignettes about life in the midst of ongoing social trauma give voice to a generation that has long been silent about its struggles. Delving into the key moments of cultural transition throughout his childhood and adulthood--police at the back door waiting to deport his family, the ex-girlfriend who threatens to call INS and report him, and the interactions with law enforcement even after he is no longer undocumented--Ledesma, through his art and his words, provides a glimpse into the psychological and philosophical concerns of undocumented immigrant youth who struggle to pinpoint their identity and community.
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ils:.b14973091Graphic NovelBooksEnglishMad Creek Books, an imprint of The Ohio State University Press, [2017]117 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 x 26 cm.
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subject_facetBiographical comics
Graphic novels
Illegal aliens -- California -- Oakland -- Biography -- Comic books, strips, etc
Ledesma, Alberto, -- 1965- -- Comic books, strips, etc
Mexican Americans -- California -- Oakland -- Biography -- Comic books, strips, etc
United States -- Emigration and immigration -- Social aspects -- Comic books, strips, etc
title_displayDiary of a reluctant dreamer : undocumented vignettes from a pre-American life
title_fullDiary of a reluctant dreamer : undocumented vignettes from a pre-American life / Alberto Ledesma
title_shortDiary of a reluctant dreamer
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topic_facetEmigration and immigration
Illegal aliens
Ledesma, Alberto
Mexican Americans
Social aspects