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  • Keywords
    • Emigration,
    • Immigration,
    • Multiculturalism,
    • Iran,
    • Persia,
    • Cultural awareness,
    • Canadian citizenship

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How Will I Belong?
by Afrouz Tavakoli

How Will I Belong is the journey of a woman as she migrates from Iran in the aftermath of Sept. 11 2001 to Montreal, Canada with her husband and two young sons. The book is an honest, humorous and deeply moving account of modern’s day immigration: how does one leave a place to which they have belonged through nationality, family, tradition and culture, and one does struggle to redefine and reposition oneself in order to belong to an entirely new world. This book is a universal tale of immigration at a time when the world is witnessing an unprecedented influx of people moving westward. It is an important contribution to our understanding of how immigrants arrive and how they make sense of themselves to eventually belong.

"Afrouz Tavakoli’s book How Will I Belong resonates with every immigrant who has left one’s home and created another one in a new country. It is a timely book as the immigration debate has taken front and center in global politics from Canada to Europe and the U.S. If you are an immigrant or know an immigrant or you are interested to understand what it takes to move your family across the globe, then this book is for you. It is the Persepolis of immigration." —Farnaz Fassihi, award-winning Iranian-American journalist with the New York Times.

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Afrouz Tavakoli is an Iranian-Canadian writer currently at McGill University pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Studies. Her research is focused on the question of immigration and identity. She lives in Montreal with her two sons. Her inspiration for writing a graphic novel is a belief that art, both words and pictures, serves as the best medium for powerful and relatable storytelling.


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