Text by John Sherman Photographs & interviews by Jeffrey A. Wolin
Indiana University Press, $29.95; http://iupress.indiana.edu
This fascinating and welcome reference for the many-splendored tapestry of residents currently making their home in central Indiana is a project of the International Center of Indianapolis. The first part of the book offers a glossary of basic immigration terms and a succinct, colorfully revealing introduction to the international dimension of central Indiana from 1850s to the present. Chapter one answers why Indiana is a growing destination for immigrants and migrants. Chapter two discusses the social and economic impact of this new immigration. The heart of the book resides in the portraits in photographs and words.
Realities and challenges of immigration are treated honestly in chapters three and four and open readers to action points. This well-conceived book has a good bibliography and index.
To add to connections with the topic, attend the Spirit & Place program, “Sharing the Journey: Immigrants’ Stories,” Nov. 13, 5:30 p.m., IUPUI, room 2126, Education & Social Work bldg., 902 West New York St. Call 317-274-2199.