April 12 | 9:30 a.m. ET
A Good Provider is One Who Leaves: One Family and Migration in the 21st Century
By Jason DeParle
“One of the best books on immigration written in a generation.”
—Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted
No issue is more polarizing in American life than immigration and no issue is in greater need of a perspective that goes beyond the daily headlines.
In a work that gives new meaning to immersion journalism, Jason DeParle, a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and veteran New York Times
reporter, has spent a remarkable three decades following an extended family of Filipino immigrants from the slums of Manila to the suburbs of Houston. Through their multigenerational saga, A GOOD PROVIDER IS ONE WHO LEAVES: One Family and Migration in the 21st Century
tells the larger story of global migration, a force remaking economics, politics and culture across the world, exploding stereotypes throughout.
We are excited that DeParle will join us in Anaheim to talk about his book and his years embedded as a reporter, studying this important issue. Attendees will not only be captivated by his story, but also draw many connections between his research and the impact it has on public administration around the world.
As a young reporter in the 1980s, DeParle moved in with the family in a Manila shantytown and he has tracked their migrations ever since—to Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, as cruise ship workers, and finally to Texas. At the heart of the story is an unlikely heroine, Rosalie Villanueva, whose sacrifices rescue the clan from abject poverty. A 15-year-old school girl when DeParle met her, she is now a 47-year-old nurse and mother of three Americanizing kids.
While the politics of immigration are broken, DeParle shows that immigration itself—tens of millions of people gathered from every corner of the world—remains an under-appreciated American success. Weaving narrative and analysis, DeParle reports on migration from places as far flung as Ireland, Cape Verde and Nepal, and traces its impact on events as disparate as Brexit and the election of Donald Trump.
In the vast literature on immigration, DeParle’s book stands alone. It is neither a knee-jerk defense of immigration nor an attack on it, but a deeply humanized portrait of its costs and rewards—much like his acclaimed poverty book, American Dream
. Like the works of Alex Kotlowitz or Katherine Boo, it is narrative nonfiction on the scale of an epic novel, with much to teach the expert and novice alike.
Make sure you listen in to hear from DeParle and learn from his experiences. Researchers and practitioners alike will find this presentation invaluable.
About the Author:
Jason DeParle is a reporter for The New York Times
and has written extensively about poverty and immigration. His book, American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation’s Drive to End Welfare
was a New York Times
Notable Book and won the Helen Bernstein Award from the New York City Library. He was an Emerson Fellow at New America. He is a recipient of the George Polk Award and is a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
For more information, visit:
New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/by/jason-deparle
Photo Credit: Diana Walker