Results related to “Accidental American”

At the G-20, Real Solutions Off the Table; Accidental American Shows the Way

by Debayani Kar on September 24 2009, 11:43AM

Today and tomorrow, leaders of the Group of 20 Nations, or G-20, are meeting in Pittsburgh for the latest in a series of meetings intended to address the global economic crisis. The global recession has shifted the nature of…

Topics: Global Affairs

The Accidental American’s Rinku Sen on our Broken Immigration Narrative, Post-9/11

by Debayani Kar on September 11 2009, 8:46AM

Moroccan-born waiter Fekkak Mamdouh’s life was thrown into turmoil after September 11th, when Windows on the World, the restaurant he worked at in the World Trade Center, was destroyed. The book about his immigrant experience in the aftermath of September…


Rinku Sen on “Illegal”: Word is a Gateway to Racism and Exploitation [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on September 10 2009, 11:12AM

Perhaps the most talked-about moment of President Obama’s address to Congress last night followed the dismissal of rumors that the new health care plan would cover ‘illegal immigrants.’ Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) was so outraged that he yelled, from…

Topics: Immigration, Video & Multimedia

Beyond ‘Hard-Working’: Rinku Sen Talks About Talking About Race at Netroots Nation [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on August 25 2009, 11:32AM

Courtesy of Sum of Change, here’s our own Rinku Sen (executive director of the Applied Research Center, publisher of ColorLines, author of The Accidental American) at Netroots Nation 2009. Speaking on the “Stepping it up: Creating Powerful Multiracial Alliances…

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration, Media, Video & Multimedia

Racism’s Demise has been Greatly Exaggerated: Rinku Sen at Netroots Nation ‘09 [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on August 24 2009, 10:13AM

Courtesy of Sum of Change, here’s our own Rinku Sen (executive director of the Applied Research Center, publisher of ColorLines, author of The Accidental American, list goes on). Speaking on the “Myth of Post-Racial America” panel, Rinku takes post-racialism…

Topics: Immigration, Media, Video & Multimedia

Open Books: Progressive Book Club Interview with Rinku Sen [VIDEO]

by Jorge Rivas on August 18 2009, 12:20PM

The Progressive Book Club has started a video series, Open Books, in which they ask “PBC authors to tell us about the books they love.” This week, Rinku Sen, ARC’s Executive Director and co-author of The Accidental American, recommends…


Immigration, Race, and the Restaurant Industry: Fekkak Mamdouh

by Jorge Rivas on June 17 2009, 7:45AM

via Progressive Book Club Fekkak Mamdouh is the co-author, with Rinku Sen, of The Accidental American: Immigration and Citizenship in the Age of Globalization. He’s also the cofounder of the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York and codirector of…


Get ‘The Accidental American’ for Free

by Jorge Rivas on May 20 2009, 11:39AM

ColorLines Magazine and RaceWire recently partnered with the Progressive Book Club to offer Rinku Sen and Fekkak Mandouh’s “The Accidental American” at an unbeatable price: FREE. That’s right folks, you can get the book for free when you join…

Topics: Immigration

Danny Glover joins ‘Accidental American’ authors in New Orleans talk on immigration [VIDEO]

by Megan Izen on March 12 2009, 2:00PM

RSVP: Compact for Racial Justice Race and Immigration forum call Last week I made my first trip to New Orleans for The Accidental American reception with Danny Glover, Rinku Sen and Fekkak Mamdouh. I’ve read and heard so many stories…

Topics: Immigration, The Compact

New York food workers challenge unsavory labor practices

by Michelle Chen on February 6 2009, 2:25PM

New York City is known for its diverse cuisine, but few recognize that the food business is driven by an equally diverse workforce—one wracked by extreme hardship for workers who cook, bake and clean in the back of the…

Topics: Economy

Listen to Rinku Sen Live on KSFR Radio Tonight

by Megan Izen on January 14 2009, 2:55PM

Tune in tonight at 7:40PM EST to hear Rinku Sen and Fekkak Mamdouh live at They’ll be talking about their book, The Accidental American, with Diego Mulligan, host of The Journey Home….


ACLU Loves The Accidental American

by Jonathan Adams on January 5 2009, 12:03PM

ACLU of Northern California named The Accidental American one of the Six Books We Loved in 2008. The Accidental American is about all of us living in the United States. It isn’t only immigrants such as Mamdouh, and my own…


Hey Top Chef fans

by Jorge Rivas on December 12 2008, 5:25PM

All you Top Chef fans should read The Accidental American. In the book, Rinku Sen writes about unfair labor practices in the New York high end restaurant scene. And it seems like this story is coming right out of…


Jhumpa Lahiri is an Accidental American

by Jonathan Adams on December 3 2008, 7:36AM

Listen to Jhumpa Lahiri on NPR Born in London and raised in Rhode Island, the author of Indian descent traveled regularly to Calcutta while growing up. Lahiri has written about the pressure she felt to stay loyal to the…


Accidental American Authors on WBAI Tonight 8PM/EST

by Jonathan Adams on October 14 2008, 3:54PM

Rinku Sen and Fekkak Mamdouh will be on Asia Pacific Forum on WBAI tonight. Tune in 8:00-9:00 pm EST Tuesday, October 14, 2008 ASIA PACIFIC FORUM on WBAI 99.5 FM, New York City Listen online here….

Topics: Colorlines Press

This Immigration Cycle Kills People

by Rinku Sen on October 13 2008, 3:00PM

Today, the New York Times reported on rising hate crimes against immigrants in Italy. A 19-year-old African who had been raised there was beaten to death by two bar proprietors over a package of cookies. This latest incident, after…


In Case You Missed The Tavis Smiley Show

by Jonathan Adams on October 6 2008, 3:07PM

Watch a clip of The Accidental American authors during an interview on The Tavis Smiley Show. Meet the Accidental American authors on their national book tour. Tonight, Rinku Sen and Fekkak Mamdouh will be in Minneapolis, MN at Magers…


Rinku and Mamdouh Stop in Oakland, CA on the The Accidental American Book Tour

by Jonathan Adams on September 25 2008, 9:37PM

Rinku Sen and Fekkak Mamdouh, the authors of The Accidental American, are making several stops across the country on their national book tour, and Tuesday, they visited Walden Pond Books in Oakland, CA. Walden Pond has served the Oakland…


Blogging from the Book Tour: Asking New Immigration Questions

by Rinku Sen on September 22 2008, 3:18PM

Editor’s note: Rinku Sen and Fekkak Mamdouh are in bookstores in the Bay Area, Seattle, and Portland, OR this week discussing their book, The Accidental American. As we travel around with the book, I’m fascinated that at every event,…


Get Melt

by Rinku Sen on September 19 2008, 2:12PM

Mamdouh and I are in week two of the tour, and we are exhausted and stimulated. In addition to the demanding schedule of 4 cities in 4 days, Mamdouh has been fasting for Ramadan. I don’t know how he…


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