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Picture Bride

The following collection of thematically related readings is available in Picture Bride and Related Readings in McDougal Littell's Literature Connections series.

Excerpt from City in the Sun by Paul Bailey, © 1971
Summary: This nonfiction excerpt reveals the hatred and discrimination that has characterized America's attitude toward Asian immigrants since the 19th century.

Excerpt from Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston, © 1971
Summary: In this excerpt from a memoir, the writer recalls one of many experiences she and her family endured while imprisoned in a Japanese relocation camp during World War II.

"No Speak English" by Sandra Cisneros
(from The House on Mango Street, © 1984)
Summary: In this short story, a Hispanic woman who has just arrived in America struggles with many adjustments, including those involving language.

"A Migration Created by Burden of Suspicion" by Dirk Johnson
(from The New York Times, © 1995)
Summary: Fifty years after World War II, Japanese Americans interned in concentration camps during the war remember the "burden of suspicion" that so deeply affected their lives and sparked a trend in American migration.

"Breaking Silence" and "For My Father" by Janice Mirikitani
(from Awake in the River, © 1978)
Summary: The first poem speaks of the admiration a daughter has for her mother as she testifies against wartime injustices. In the second poem, a daughter takes another look at the extraordinary strength and perseverance of her father.

"Clothes" by Chitra Divakaruni
(from Arranged Marriage, © 1995)
Summary: A contemporary woman from India who enters into an arranged marriage must make decisions about her future following her husband's tragic death.

"The Heart of a Woman" by Georgia Douglas Johnson
Summary: The speaker of this poem recognizes a woman's desire to live her dreams.