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Here’s What It’s Like To Be An Immigrant, In Six-Word Stories

Eighteen people — from Chimimanda Ngozie Adichie to Madeleine Albright to George Takei — distill the immigration experience to six telling words.

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The Six Word Memoirs project collaborated with ABC's Fresh Off The Boat to collect six-word coming-to-America stories from students, refugees, politicians, actors, writers, activists, and more. The resulting book, Six Words Fresh Off The Boat, contains hundreds of these micro-tales; below are just some of our favorites.

All quotes excerpted from Six Words Fresh Off the Boat: Stories of Immigration, Identity, and Coming to America, edited by Larry Smith, published by Kingswell Press, an imprint from Disney Publishing Worldwide. ●


Not everyone in this post is an immigrant. A previous version of this post incorrectly stated that they were.

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