Malaka Gharib appears in conversation with Michael Nailat at Skylight Books on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 5 PM to discuss and sign I Was Their American Dream.
MALAKA GHARIB is an artist, journalist, and writer based in Washington, D.C. She is the founder of The Runcible Spoon, a food zine, and the co-founder of the D.C. Art Book Fair. She lives in a row house with her husband Darren and her 9-year-old rice cooker.
A triumphant tale of self-discovery, a celebration of a family’s rich heritage, and a love letter to American immigrant freedom.
I Was Their American Dream is at once a journal of growing up and a reminder of the thousands of immigrants who come to America in search for a better life for themselves and their children. The daughter of parents with unfulfilled dreams themselves, Malaka navigated her childhood chasing her parents’ ideals, learning to code-switch between her family’s Filipino and Egyptian customs, adapting to white culture to fit in, crushing on skater boys, and trying to understand the tension between holding onto cultural values and trying to be an all-American kid.
Michael Nailat, aka Producer Mike, aka DJ waxstyles, has zero formal training in DJing or producing, but is somehow still allowed to do both. Born in the strawberry suburbs of Oxnard, California, and raised on a healthy diet of The Smashing Pumpkins and The Carpenters, Michael is one of a motley crew of astonishingly accomplished Filipinos that make up the This Filipino American Life Podcast (thisfilipinoamericanlife.com). By day he crunches data on homelessness for the United Way, by night he fixes computers for the Pilipino Workers Center in his current neighborhood of Historic Filipinotown, and in between all of that, he takes pictures. Lots of them. He also has a ton of records, laserdiscs, and vintage electronics, all to the dismay of his exponentially more interesting life partner and fellow TFAL Podcast host Elaine Dolalas.
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