I Am Home
Portraits of Immigrant Teenagers
Foreword by Thi Bui
Meet the faces and voices behind the conversations around immigration. These portraits and stories of teenagers who are recent immigrants to the US from all over the world show the diversity, beauty, and potential of the people who now call the United States home.
Sixty full-page portraits of students at Oakland International High School, photographed by award-winning photographer Ericka McConnell, are accompanied by their own unique, diverse, and surprising stories of what makes them feel at home. Each of these young people is inspiring in their own right and together their stories will help us consider the issue of immigration with new mindfulness and compassion. All profits from the publication of this book will be donated to Oakland International High School.
Ericka McConnell, a bicoastal Californian who has worked in New York for more than 20 years, has photographed retreat centers in India, Mexico, and Santa Barbara and Santa Fe in the US. Her images have graced the covers of Travel&Leisure, Conde Naste Traveler, Woman Magazine, Fitness, and Yoga Journal. Instagram @Erickamccfoto
Rachel Neumann is a Bay Area-based writer whose work focuses on civil liberties, human rights, mindfulness, and the intersection of parenting and progressive politics. She is the author of Not Quite Nirvana (Parallax Press), a contributor to the anthology The Battle of Seattle (Soft Skull Press), and the co-author of Healing (Parallax Press). She is a contributing writer to AlterNet.org and her work has appeared in The Village Voice, The Nation, Dissent Magazine, Shambhala Sun and many other national and local magazines. She is the editor for Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. She lives in Berkeley, CA.