International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Race, Racism and Home in Contemporary American Narrative
Rashad Mohammed Moqbel Al Areqi

A human being may leave his home, particularly the small city he lives in or leaving his big home to find better opportunities in living or escaping from oppression or wars that drive him to another city or another country to secure a better life for his family and his children. This article attempts to trace the contemporary American narratives how they portray the problem of immigration from home and the consequences of such immigration enforced on human beings for racial, social, cultural, political, or economical reasons. Such immigration leave a deep scar on the identity of the immigrant in the form of traumatic experiences that rock the stability of the immigrant and make him cry 'take me home' or make them feel lost and torn between two countries and two cultures. This article addresses two novels of Brian Leung: Lost Men and Take me Home. The article also addresses Toni Morrison's Home which, in turn, tackles in one way or another the sense of Home in the hearts of immigrants who find themselves in another city because of racism and discrimination or other social and economical reason. However, immigrants may leave to another country under the war circumstances that arouse in their hearts homesickness and feelings of loss. The article found that 'Home' remains in the hearts of the immigrants whatever the economical privileges enjoyed abroad. The immigrants would wait any opportunity to go back home. Their race is highly appreciated wherever they are.

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