Kids Like Me
Voices of the Immigrant Experience
By Judith Blohm and Terri Lapinsky
As our neighborhoods grow more diverse, a splendid variety of cultures, values and traditions become an important part of our classrooms and schools. In Kids Like Me, 26 personal narratives celebrate the experience of young people making a new home in a strange community-finding common ground as they make new friends, learn English, share their cultural identities, their challenges, successes and dreams. Kids Like Me provides a youthful perspective on the important themes of crossing cultures, immigration and citizenship and learning to appreciate differences. These stories are intended to foster intercultural awareness and sensitivity and encourage individual and community action to assist newcomers in their adjustment. While written to help youth understand their classmates and friends, Kids Like Me also includes discussion questions, self-directed activities and research ideas for teachers and other mentors that can be used in classrooms, youth clubs and community settings. Richly illustrated with photos and maps of each home country, the text presents countless opportunities to explore and understand different cultures and new friends. Young people who have come from all over the world share their stories and invite their new neighbors to see that in so many ways these kids are just like me.
Judee Blohm is a cross-cultural educator and training consultant in Washington, DC. Her clients include professional and educational organizations, Peace Corps and other development and service organizations, and the State Department. Judy is the author and editor of numerous training materials and has contributed chapters to various books in the intercultural field and the book Where in the World are You Going? (Intercultural Press, 1996.) Terri Lapinsky is a consultant with 30 years' experience in international and multicultural education and training, including holding positions in the Peace Corp as Program and Training Advisor for Africa, Country Director for Mozambique and Education Specialist. Her clients include the Jefferson County (West Virginia) Public Schools, New York City Public Schools and the UN Economic Commission for Africa. Lapinsky lives in West Virginia.
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21 Mar 2006
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Kids Like Me: Voices of the Immigrant Experience provides a valuable resource for educators, volunteers, staff of youth organizations and parents of young people attending schools with the "kids" whose profiles are so sensitively shared. Globalization's young faces and voices come alive in Kids Like Me. — Frances Hesselbein, former National Executive Director of the Girl Scouts of the USA and Chairman of Leader to Leader Institute
Kids Like Me: Voices of the Immigrant Experience is at once a delightful, timely, and very serious contribution to intercultural relations by two of the field's most experienced practitioners. Judee Blohm and Terri Lapinsky offer a creative, compassionate, informative, and ultimately very practical treatment of a topic that is already huge in its implications and only continues to grow in significance. Teachers, students, and interculturalists alike will benefit from this fine book. — David J. Bachner, Ph.D., Scholar-in-Residence and Director, Intercultural Management Institute, School of International Service, American University
This book is about understanding from the heart, understanding how being "the other" feels, and helping people who have never experienced that "otherness" to feel what being different feels like - to feel the pain of being ostracized or being made to feel different, as well as the gratitude and wonderment of coming to a new place and being welcomed, accepted, and loved. Your book gives teachers meaningful and accessible ways to help them explore these complex themes with their students, to help them recognize the pain inflicted by racism as well as recognize opportunities for kindness, and valuing diversity. — Elizabeth Macdonald, Director of the Writing Enhancement Program, Thunderbird, the Garvin School of International Management.