The United States of America has been populated by multitudes, waves upon waves, of newcomers. Despite that, and despite being rejuvenated with each new arrival, creating a successful life as an outsider remains a huge challenge.
In this episode of Life In A New World, which airs today at 10:00 a.m. on Bronxnet (Cablevision ch. 68 - FIOS ch. 34) you will hear, in very pragmatic terms, how to overcome that.
Dr. Fiona Citkin and Sergio Troncoso are the two panelists who discussed the topic at this year's Writing Across Borders, the international writing conference organized by the New York chapter of the National Writers Union.
Citkin and Troncoso couldn’t be better fit for the task, as they both confronted and succeeded against the same odds. Among the aspects they examined are:
- Which adjustments, innovations and insights led them to prosper in America by leveraging a foreign born background, for Citkin, and a bicultural-bilingual upbringing in Troncoso’s case.
- What are the challenges and the road blocks that can delay or prevent, foreign born people from building the life they want.
- How Sergio Troncoso distills into literature the experiences of his American life, both to inspire others and to expand current literary narratives.
Here is some biographical information on the panelists:
Dr. Fiona Citkin is a Ukraine born linguist and diversiculturalist who moved to the US in 1994 with a Fulbright scholarship to study languages and cultures at Kent State University, Ohio.
She is the founder and managing director of Expert Management Solutions Inc., an intercultural competence consultancy, and the author or “Why and How Intercultural Competencies Can Help Organizations to Survive and Thrive.”
Fiona is also a columnist for the Huffington Post where she writes extensively about immigrant women’s success, the topic of her upcoming book titled “Cracking the Code: How Immigrant Women Leaders Achieve Success under Stress.”
Sergio Troncoso was born in El Paso, Texas, and is now a fellow New Yorker. After graduating from Harvard College he was a Fulbright Scholar to Mexico, and studied international relations and philosophy at Yale University.
Sergio was inducted into the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s Alumni Hall of Fame and the Texas Institute of Letters. He is a resident faculty member of the Yale Writers’ Conference in New Haven, Connecticut, and an instructor at the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center in Sleepy Hollow, New York.
He’s the author of five critically acclaimed books, including From This Wicked Patch of Dust, Last Tortillas and Other Stories and Crossing Borders: Personal Essays. In 2013 he co-edited Our Lost Borders: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence, to which Publishers Weekly referred as “and eye-opening collection of essays,” on how drug violence changed the bi-national, bi-cultural life along the US-Mexico border.
His latest release is the novel The Nature on Truth, by Arte Público Press.
For more on today’s panelists and to contact them visit hr-voyager.com for Dr. Citkin and SergioTroncoso.com for author Sergio Troncoso.