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The life and work of Junot Díaz contains many worlds. His books—including National Book Award finalist This Is How You Lose Her and Pulitzer Prize winner The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao—journey beeen the old and the new and between the America that was and the America we’re becoming. Born in the Dominican Republic but raised in New Jersey and American to the core, Junot Díaz is a spotter of the future, a curator of the past, a man of the here and now. In this edition of Moyers & Company, Díaz joins Bill to discuss the evolution of the great American story while offering funny and perceptive insights into his own work (as well as Star Wars and Moby-Dick) and America’s inevitable shift to a majority-minority country.
In this program from Open Book Club TV, Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Diaz joins distinguished guests for a discussion of his book The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, its themes of family curses and political tyranny, the way in which it hides its meaning and what it is about, and its references to comic book and science fiction genres.
Until World War II, Latino immigration to the United States was overwhelmingly Mexican-American. Now three new waves bring large-scale immigration from Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Repubc. Films like West Side Story, etched the stereotype of the knife-wielding Puerto Rican in the American consciousness, fueling hatred and discrimination. Follow the story of seven immigrants seeking a new life in the United States, the discrimination they faced, and their fight for recognition.