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The Immigrant Advantage: What We Can Learn from Newcomers to America about Health, Happiness and Hope Hardcover – October 18, 2011
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"[A] sparkling debut [and] a welcome reminder that America was built by immigrants in search of a better future for their children." (Kirkus)
"Kolker’s explorations teach and entertain with their curiosity, can-do spirit, and vibrant bouquet of cultures and customs." (Publishers Weekly)
“What a fabulous, fun, eye-opening read: Colorful writing with a flair is not incompatible with deep insight and wisdom!” (Amy Chua, Yale Law Professor and author of Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance-- and Why they Fall and Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother)
“Live like an immigrant...How rare to find an intelligent, engrossing book that doubles as a dispensary! The Immigrant Advantage is chock-full of novel, useful prescriptions for a happy, healthy life.” (Daphne Miller, MD, author of The Jungle Effect: A Doctor Discovers the Healthiest Diets from Around the World, Why They Work and How to Make Them Work for You)
“Such a smart and thrilling ride. I had no idea I was surrounded by daily exotic adventures until I opened The Immigrant Advantage. Now that I've read it, I can't wait to live it.” (Christopher McDougall, author of The New York Times bestseller Born to Run)
“A wonderful positive portrayal of immigrant customs and contributions much needed and much welcome at a time of so much confusion about the foreign-born who live among us.” (Kyriakos S. Markides, Ph.D., Annie & John Gnitzinger Distinguished Professor of Aging Studies, University of Texas)
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About the Author
Claudia Kolker is an award-winning journalist who has reported from Mexico, El Salvador, the Caribbean, Japan and India. A former Los Angeles Times bureau chief and former member of The Houston Chronicle editorial board, she has also written for The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Economist, O: The Oprah Magazine, Slate, and Salon. She lives in Houston with her family.
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Also, the book provides a glimpse into the many cultures that comprise modern Houston society, which is an example of the cultural mix that many cities in the U.S. will have in thirty years. There is great value in the different ethnic cultures appreciating and learning about and from each other's customs.