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“Our Stories Carried Us Here is a collection of compelling and emotional journeys that reminds us of why the greatest destination humanity can strive for is a world where each of us can safely make our home, and belong. This book, and the storytellers it features, offer a profound gift – the ability to step into the many worlds they bring to life, and to step out with the insights needed to better meet the challenges of the communities, schools, workplaces, and democracy we shape together, not as strangers, but as neighbors.”
—Rachel Perić, Executive Director, Welcoming America

Our Stories Carried Us Here

Written by Full List in Materials and Tea Rozman (Editor), Julie Vang (Editor), and Bui (Foreword)
Illustrated by Tom Kaczynski, Ana Hinojosa and full list in Materials
Published by Green Card Voices

Green Card Voices presents a bold and unconventional collection of first-person stories told and illustrated by immigrants and refugees living across the United States. Stanford scientist, deaf student, indigenous activist, Black entrepreneur—all immigrants and refugees—recount journeys from their home countries in ten vibrantly illustrated stories. Faced by unfamiliar vistas, they are welcomed with possibilities, and confronted by challenges and prejudice. Timely, sobering, and insightful, Our Stories Carried Us Here acts as a mirror and a light to connect us all with immigrant and refugee experiences.

Primary ISBN: 9781949523171
Available As: Hardcover, Paperback
Graphic Novel, Graphic Memoir, Age 12 or older

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Setting: United States, Somalia, Yemen, Egypt, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Jamaica, Guatemala, Chad, Cameroon, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Mexico, Phillippines, Vietnam, Liberia, Guinea

Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: Immigrant, Refugee

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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Complete List of Authors & Illustrators

Storytellers — Country/Background — Current City

Alex Tsipenyuk — Kazahstan — Rochester, NY

Amara Kamara — Liberia — Minneapolis, MN

Aziz Kamal — Myanmar — Milwaukee, WI

Craig Moodie — Jamaica — Minneapolis, MN

Karelin — Guatemala — Atlanta, GA

Mary Anne and Sergio Quiroz — Mexico — Minneapolis, MN

Ruth Mekoulom — Chad — Fargo, ND

Vy Luong — Vietnam — Madison, WI

Zaynab Abdi — Yemen — Minneapolis, MN

Zurya Anjum — Pakistan — Sartell, MN

Illustrators — Country/Background — Current City

Ana Hinojosa — Dominican Republic — Naples, FL

Ashraf El-Attar — Egypt — Arlington, VA

Camilo Aguirre — Columbia — Minneapolis, MN

Cori Lin — 2nd Gen Taiwan/Japan — Chicago, IL

Gérard Nyunai Ngan — Cameroon — Cameroon

Hamid Ibrahim — Uganda — London

Mike Centeno — Venezuela — Chicago, IL

Nate Powell — America — Indiana

Sunshine Gao — China — Minneapolis, MN

Tom Kaczynski — Poland — Minneapolis, MN

Toufic El Rassi — Lebanon/Egypt — Chicago, IL