First Lady of the Mall: My Immigrant Story
By Bruna Massadas
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In telling her story of immigration from Brazil to the United States at the age of 15, Bruna Massadas recreates an adolescent world overwhelmed by Americanized fantasies: the kind ruled by blond-haired, blue-eyed beauties; the kind filled with laugh tracks, dramatic closeups, and the inevitable happy ending. But she also depicts the actual America she soon encountered: high school halls crowded with immigrants and teenage hormones; nights plagued by typical worries over fashion and boyfriends, but complicated with anxieties over language and cultural assimilation.
||CleanEpisode 1: White Fog||"White, machine-made fog appeared for a few secon…||10/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Garfield T-Shirt||"When I look back at my first day of high school …||10/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Welcome to Artesia High School||"I lived in an America that I wasn't expecting: a…||10/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Welcome to Mayfair High School||"Now, I finally did feel and look like the new gi…||10/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: I Saw the Signs||"Suddenly, a little after a year of our arrival, …||10/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: First Lady of the Mall||"But in that moment, it was just me, Carlos, and …||10/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Pizza||"Together, Pizza Hut and the ice skating rink wer…||10/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Both moving and hilarious
It’s tough to get someone to laugh in a 5 minute podcast and harder to get someone to think, but Bruna and her team achieved it, every single time. You’ll laugh and cry, and almost certainly get new perspective on important issues facing America today. Race, immigration, bullying and more. Needless to say I learned a lot, but it still felt sweet and nostalgic throughout. It’s as engaging and entertaining as Jean Shephard while not flinching from the harsh realities of America. Five Stars. Listen to it.