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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

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    Josephine Collett

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    Gary Shteyngart

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    Nadia Kasvin

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    Madeleine Albright

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    Junot Diaz

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    Zack Kardon

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    Eddie Huang

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    Chimimanda Ngozie Adichie

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    Hanni Gorenz Finaro

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    José Hernández

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    David Henry Hwang

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    Naki Akrobettoe

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    Viet Thanh Nguyen

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    Wai Chim

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    George Takei

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    Maria Dolores Castillo

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    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

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

    Kingswell Press


    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. ●

    CORRECTION

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


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