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Online Class | Becoming American: Journeys to and in America

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom).

All Levels | For centuries, the American promise of freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness has fueled the imaginations of oppressed and hopeful populations worldwide. And while this experience can neither be easily attained nor defined, a steady stream of immigrants have worked and toiled under scrutiny and stereotypes to find the gold-paved roads promised by the American dream. In this reading series, we will closely follow four stories of coming to America and seeking to become American: Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (April 9), Valeria Luisella’s Tell Me How It Ends (April 16), N.H. Senzai’s Escape from Aleppo (April 23), and Abdi Nor Iftin’s Call Me American (April 30). Students in this class will receive a book club discount on the instructor’s reading list at the Elliott Bay Book Co.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

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Instructor: Annie Nguyen

Class Type: 4 Sessions


Start Date: 04/09/2020

End Date: 04/30/2020

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 20

$216.00 Member Price:
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$240.00 General Price:

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Annie Nguyen

Annie Nguyen was born and raised in
Mobile, Alabama, as the daughter of refugees.
She completed a Fulbright in Vietnam and an
MFA in creative nonfiction at the University
of Montana. She is a professor at the University
of Washington-Tacoma.

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