I leave Vieira’s book feeling deeply that ours is a crazy system: Why keep piling documents on top of documents, making of them a wall to the world? Why should migrants—people—have to choose between the time-consuming work of pursuing English or caring for their families? Why make migrant lives any harder than they already are? American by Paper urges us to rethink all that we ask of those who seek a better life.
— Catherine Prendergast, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Relentless in its critique of literacy as a social practice and in its effort to develop a counter-narrative, American by Paper forces open a conversation that has been lingering but has not received the kind of attention it deserves.
— Juan Guerra, University of Washington
A riveting account of those pursuing the American Dream.
Articles Based on American By Paper
Table of Contents
An American With Papers
How Documents Matter in Migrants' Lives
Literacy and Assimilation in an Age of Papers: The View from South Mills
"American by Paper": Azorean and Azorean American Literacy Lives
Uncodumented in a Documentary Society: Brazilian Literacy Lives
"It's Not Because of the English": Literacy Lives of the Young
Lessons Learned from Transnational Lives: Toward a Sociomaterialist Literacy
Preface: An American With Papers
Preface to American by Paper: How Documents Matter in Immigrant Literacy by Kate Vieira (University of Minnesota Press, 2016). Copyright 2016 by the Regents of the University of Minnesota.
Interview, Rising Up with Sonali
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Interview, Written Communication Podcast Series
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