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A good provider is one who leaves : one family and migration in the 21st century / Jason DeParle.

DeParle, Jason, (author.).

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Barnesville Public Library 305.8992 DEP (Text) 33500013113543 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780670785926
  • ISBN: 067078592X
  • Physical Description: 382 pages : genealogical table ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Viking, [2019]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [329]-367) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue: Finding Jesus in the slums -- Masses, huddled -- Migration fever -- Girl gets grit -- The guest worker state -- The Facebook mom -- The visa -- Immigrants, again -- Hard landing -- Just like a family -- The good nurse -- Ruffled feathers -- Inferring America -- Moral hazards -- Second-generation ampersands -- Cruise ship calamity -- The Filipino cul-de-sac.
Summary, etc.:
"When Jason DeParle moved in with Tita Comodas in the Manila slums thirty years ago, he didn't expect to make a lifelong friend. Nor did he expect to spend decades reporting on her family--husband, children, and siblings--as they came to embody the stunning rise of global migration. In A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves, DeParle paints an intimate portrait of an unforgettable family across three generations, as migration reorders economics, politics, and culture across the world. At the heart of the story is Rosalie, Tita's middle child, who escapes poverty by becoming a nurse, and lands jobs in Jeddah, Abu Dhabi and, finally, Texas--joining the record forty-four million immigrants in the United States. Migration touches every aspect of global life. It pumps billions in remittances into poor villages, fuels Western populism, powers Silicon Valley, sustains American health care, and brings one hundred languages to the Des Moines public schools. One in four children in the United States is an immigrant or the child of one. With no issue in American life so polarizing, DeParle expertly weaves between the personal and panoramic perspectives. Reunited with their children after years apart, Rosalie and her husband struggle to be parents, as their children try to find their place in a place they don't know. Ordinary and extraordinary at once, their journey is a twenty-first-century classic, rendered in gripping detail"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 July #1
    *Starred Review* In 1987, journalist DeParle (American Dream, 2004) moved in with Tita Comodas' family in a slum in Manila while reporting on poverty. The author and his host quickly became friends, and over the following three decades, he observed the family as they exemplified the flow of global migration in the late twentieth century. All of Tita's five children worked abroad in the Middle East and the U.S., sending remittances home to the Philippines that allowed the family to move into the middle class. DeParle follows Rosalie in particular, whose drive to work as a nurse in the U.S. takes her through Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and finally to Galveston, Texas. Setting the family's story within the political and social context of twentieth- and twenty-first-century immigration, the author explores the Philippine government's commitment to Overseas Filipino Workers, hailed as heroes for the nation's economy. He also dives into the personal strains caused by leaving, such as long separations from spouses and children, shifting gender dynamics, and culture changes. This is a remarkably intimate look at migration's impact on both a single family and the global community. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Jason DeParle, an Emerson Fellow at New America, is a reporter for The New York Times and has written extensively about poverty and immigration. His book, American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation's Drive to End Welfare was a New York Times Notable Book and won the Helen Bernstein Award from the New York City Library. He is a recipient of the George Polk Award and is a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Subject: Comodas, Rosalie.
Comodas, Rosalie > Family.
Filipinos > United States > Biography.
Immigrants > United States > Biography.
Filipinos > Employment > Foreign countries.
Foreign workers, Filipino > United States.
United States > Emigration and immigration > History > 21st century.
Emigration and immigration > History > 21st century.
Emigration and immigration.
Filipinos > Employment > Foreign countries.
Foreign workers, Filipino.
United States.
Genre: Biographies.

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