Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares by Aarti Namdev Shahani

Monday, January 27 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Haines Hall 144


The American political discourse is constantly calibrating its interpretation of what it means to be American. Coming from an undocumented family herself, writer Aarti Shahani has spent her life navigating the shifting tides of anti-immigrant sentiment in the United States. Her book Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares documents Shahani and her father's disparate versions of the immigrant experience, coexisting as the scholarship kid at one of Manhattan's most elite prep schools and the shopkeeper who mistakenly sells watches and calculators to the notorious Cali Cartel. Aarti Shahani addresses a question that plagues immigrants and natives alike: Who really belongs in America?


The author Aarti Shahani is an award-winning correspondent for NPR in Silicon Valley, covering the largest companies on Earth. Shahani remains a resounding voice advocating on behalf of our country's immigrant community.


Organized by the Institute for Research and Employment. Co-Sponsored by the Asian American Studies Center and Chicano Studies Research Center.