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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.

    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.

    Thakoon Panichgul

    Josephine Collett

    Gary Shteyngart

    Nadia Kasvin

    Madeleine Albright

    Junot Diaz

    Zack Kardon

    Eddie Huang

    Chimimanda Ngozie Adichie

    Hanni Gorenz Finaro

    José Hernández

    David Henry Hwang

    Naki Akrobettoe

    Viet Thanh Nguyen

    Wai Chim

    George Takei

    Maria Dolores Castillo

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

    You can find more information on Six Words Fresh Off The Boat: Stories of Immigration, Identity, and Coming to America here.

    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.