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Weight of Shadows : A Memoir of Immigration & Displacement (Paperback) (Jose Orduna)
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Tracing his story of becoming a US citizen, José Orduña’s memoir explores the complex issues of immigration and assimilation.In July of 2011 José Orduña was naturalized as an American citizen, a decision made, he admits, in bad faith and purely out of self-interest. Though grateful to his parents for their many sacrifices, which resulted in his citizenship, he feels anger and resentment towards a punitive and racist government. With a searingly original voice, Orduña reflects on the complicated and contradictory experience of morphing into a “legal” young, brown immigrant. He describes the absurd feeling of being given a piece of paper—his naturalization certificate—handed to him by a robed judge to certify something he has always known: he has a right to be here and is, at least in theory, equal under the law. A trenchant exploration of race, class, and identity,The Weight of Shadows chronicles the process of becoming a North American citizen in a post-9/11 United States.