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The Middle of Everywhere: Helping Refugees Enter the American Community
by Pipher, Mary Bray
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1. Pipher details the challenges faced by new Americans from several different countries. In what ways are the experiences of these families the same, and in what ways are they different?

2. The author describes the role of the "cultural broker" in the lives of new immigrants. What does a cultural broker do for a new American? Who were the most successful cultural brokers?

3. Pipher includes a list of the things she has taught new Americans, including how to enroll in school and what to wear outside in winter. What things do the newcomers she works with teach her?

4. What are the attributes of resilience that Pipher says help a new American to succeed? Which of these attributes did you see in the people profiled in the book?

5. What does it mean to be an American? Has this changed as new groups have entered the United States?

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