“Coming to America, Then and Now” with Marjan Kamali – May 9

Wednesday, May 9 at 8pm

America has always been a nation of immigrants, but how has the immigrant experience changed over the past fifty years? How can we as a community engage in honest and effective dialogue about the enrichment and estrangement inherent in living in a town with such a breadth of cultural backgrounds? Our panelists of Chinese, German, Indian, Iranian, Japanese, Korean, and Russian heritage will speak to their experience of assimilation, with the goal of showing the many commonalities across all cultures, and how we can learn from one another’s challenges and successes. Author Marjan Kamali will moderate the panel featuring area residents Sunny Chandra , Tatyana Finkelstein, Larry Ho, Susie Lee-Snell, Heidi Singh, and Margie Yamamoto.

Marjan Kamali was born in Turkey to Iranian parents. She holds an MFA in creative writing from New York University and an MBA from Columbia University. Her debut novel, Together Tea, is a 2014 finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award and a Must Read for the Commonwealth. Her work has also been a top finalist in Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open and the Asian American Short Story Contest.

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Marjan Kamali

Marjan Kamali