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Posts Tagged: American Dream
I don’t consider myself a political person. To me, there are no “wrong” political beliefs. I believe that democracy means respecting everyone’s right to her opinion. And if I were forced to declare my own political views, I would have to reluctantly admit that, out of cynicism and self-interest, I find myself increasingly leaning towards the right....more
With a mix of humor, agility, and insight, Jade Chang’s debut novel, The Wangs vs. the World (HMH Books, October 2016), tells a fresh immigrant story. Charles Wang has left his native homeland to become a successful businessman in America. The book takes us on a journey with his whole family as they navigate the ups and downs of fortune and travel across the US....more
At The Establishment, Anne Theriault recounts driving out West to see the house of her childhood heroine Laura Ingalls, and what it taught her about the horrific underpinnings of the American Dream:
And then we passed a mural with a confederate flag and I felt that hot prickle of shame and fear—fear because of what the flag means and shame because of how cluelessly white it is to be able to walk around rural Missouri and smile blithely at everyone and never once think about the color of my skin… Which is not really so different, after all, from being able to read through the Little House books and ignore the genocidal foundation Laura’s adventures are built on.
Ploughshares talks to Jennine Capó Crucet about her new novel, Make Your Home Among Strangers, and what it was like growing up with parents who bought into the American Dream:
I mean, my parents named me Jennine after the Miss America runner up the year I was born (though spelled differently, I think)—so it goes that deep for them.
If there’s anything we in the United States know about economics, it’s that all you need to get rich is a stalwart work ethic and an original idea.
If you also happen to have an MBA from Stanford to help you on your way, what could possibly go wrong?...more