“Born In The U.S., Raised In China: ‘Satellite Babies’ Have A Hard Time Coming Home”
by National Public Radio

“Satellite babies” are the subjects of a new research project focusing on Chinese immigrants in the Boston area.

Like satellites in space, these children leave from and return to the same spot. They normally return to the U.S. in time for school.

Coordinated by Cindy Liu, a psychologist at Harvard University, points out that no one knows exactly how many Chinese immigrant families send their babies to be raised by family in China. Liu’s goal is to determine the long-term impacts of the experience on both children and parents.

According to researchers, similar arrangements among immigrant communities from South Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.

“Who Is A Good Immigrant, Anyway?”
by National Public Radio

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Like all individuals, immigrants are neither perfect nor infallible. But where is, and where should, the line be drawn regarding which immigrants are classified as being “good” vis-a-vis classified as being “bad”.

The topic has been festering beneath the surface for a long time. In this year’s presidential campaign, rhetoric has made it an open topic for discussion.

This podcast discusses interesting questions on how past and present immigration policies have influenced such classifications.

“First Generation? Second? For Immigrants And Their Children, A Question With Meaning.”
by Public Radio International

“Where are you from?”

Children of immigrants, maybe those with funny names or who don’t look like what people think of as a “conventional” American — get that question a lot. Maybe everyone does. But non-immigrant children don’t get the followup question.

“No, where are you from?”

This happens sometimes when your answer to the first question was something like “Iowa.” What questioners really want to know is “what’s your ethnic background?” But that is a strangely clinical and intrusive question to ask right off the bat. Still, they want to know. So you say something like, “Oh, my parents are from India.”

This podcast discusses how, after years of confronting this same situation again and again, children of immigrants choose to respond.