Friday, October 21, 2011

Suggest a Question for Sonia Nazario's October 27th Lecture at Union South

Would you like to ask this year's Go Big Read author a question about her book, her writing process, etc.?

Sonia Nazario's October 27th lecture at Varsity Hall, Union South, is free and open to the public. The event will begin at 7 pm (doors open at 6 pm) and no tickets are required. We hope you'll attend and invite anyone you know who might be interested. We'll post more details on the web site soon!

Due to the large scale of the Varsity Hall event, the question and answer period will be moderated. Questions should be suggested in writing by October 21st. The moderator will select a representative set of questions and ask them of Sonia Nazario at the event.

If you would like to suggest a question, please post it as a comment to this blog post. Please also consider including your name and some very brief information about yourself (e.g., your major, unit, etc.).

Please note that blog comments are moderated so there may be a delay of up to 24 hours between submitting your question and seeing it appear on the blog.

Thanks to those who submitted questions for the author talk. Question submission is now closed on this post.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it amazing that you actually organized everything to re-live the experience of Enrique on La Bestia. How did you go about organizing this trip, including security to travel with you, permission from those working on the train, and everything else?


October 10, 2011 at 2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What was the most challanging part of your research process? What, if anythig, would you have done differently?

October 12, 2011 at 9:51 PM  
Anonymous blue lips said...

What would you call your greatest achievement in your 20 years of writing and reporting ? What was the scariest moment you were involved in relation with your work ? Was is thee "death train" ride or was something even scarier than that ?

thank you !

October 14, 2011 at 8:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I was reading, I was heartbroken by the stories you described that you saw on your journey. The injuries and situations that you described left me wanting to hear more. Did you ever feel guilt about your life back home when you saw these people, especially children, enduring such terrible living conditions? Was it difficult to see all this and then return home?


October 15, 2011 at 3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Throughout the book you tend to use a choppy, short sentenced style? What is your purpose for using this style?

October 17, 2011 at 10:20 AM  
Anonymous Jenny said...

Enrique experiences danger or potential danger at so many points in his many journeys -- the moment in the book where the members of a particular town throw food to the children is in such stark contrast to so many harrowing moments. How important was that moment to you as a writer and to the kids on that journey in terms of keeping their spirits up?

October 17, 2011 at 1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enrique and the rest of the migrants seem to have long and troublesome journeys through mexico to the US border. In the novel, you seem to hint at most of the migrant's stories to be similar and I was just wondering: In the history of your research and your writing, is Enrique the only story you written about?, or have you considered others? If so, please share one.


October 17, 2011 at 1:39 PM  
Anonymous kmcgreaham said...

In your prologue, you tell your audience that you decided to make the journey yourself to try and experience what the migrants go through first hand. You tell wonderful stories and give very detailed examples of specific migrants but I am curious to hear some of your own personal experiences from riding the trains. Reading your book, I was very shocked by some of the details and I wonder if these details have the same affect on the native people as well. How do you think your reaction to the experiences differed from those born and raised in poverty in Mexico and Honduras? What was the scariest thing you encountered on the journey? Finally, what was your most memorable experience?

October 17, 2011 at 2:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can’t imagine the dangers and the legal hoops that you must have needed to deal with before beginning your journey. What was the greatest logistical problem that you encountered while preparing?

October 17, 2011 at 4:09 PM  
Blogger LauPri said...

What made you want to really relive this train experience? I know you were touched by your housekeepers story, but why did it hit so close to you? What drove you to really pursue this story?

October 17, 2011 at 8:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can’t imagine what it must have been like to be you and have witnessed the horrible things happen to Enrique as well as all the other people involved in the journey. Was it difficult to watch these people starve, be beaten, and mutilated by trains? I know I personally would feel the need to jump in and help. Was it hard to resist helping and be a bystander?

October 17, 2011 at 9:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was it difficult for Enrique to tell his story and did he want people to know?

October 17, 2011 at 9:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a journalist do you feel the danger you put yourself in was worth the story? Would you ever do something as extreme as that again?

October 18, 2011 at 2:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you still in touch with Enrique?

October 18, 2011 at 2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since you wanted to write in more of a journalistic style and report the facts, how hard was it to keep your personal bias out of the story, but still show the emotional appeal you use?

October 18, 2011 at 11:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was intrigued by your encounters with other children, just like Enrique, on their journey’s to the United States in search of their mothers. I know I would be heartbroken and tempted to help them get to their mothers. Did you every find yourself wanting to help the children on their journey to the United States?

October 19, 2011 at 2:01 PM  
Anonymous Racc said...

Referring to the immigrants that risk their lives to reach the United States, you say in your book "It's a powerful stream, one that can only be addressed at its source."
Yet the political trend these days is to make illegal immigrants lives so miserable that they decide to go back to their countries on their own, while increasing the risk level for those that try to cross the border.
For example President Obama has spoken in favor of immigration reform; yet the current administration has increased deportations to record numbers and require local police to report possible illegal immigrants to CBP, even for traffic violations.
A presidential candidate recently suggested to build an electrified fence from the Pacific to the Gulf Coast.

Do you think these measures will solve the problem?

October 20, 2011 at 4:12 PM  
Anonymous Racc said...

Most illegal immigrants, just like Lourdes and Enrique, come to this country with the intention of saving some money and returning home in a couple of years. Why do you think they decide to stay and try to bring their families? Don't you think that making it easier for the parents to go back and forth would reduce the flow of children trying to sneak in?

October 20, 2011 at 4:21 PM  
Anonymous English 100, Section 50 said...

What do you think the U.S. should do about illegal immigration? What policies do you recommend, in light of your experiences?

October 20, 2011 at 9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am amazed that Enrique and Lourdes felt comfortable appearing on a talk show given their illegal status in the United States. Do you know if there were any special protections or accommodations made to protect them?

October 21, 2011 at 8:29 AM  
Anonymous public librarian said...

My library book group discussed Enrique's Journey in September. Last night I asked the group for question ideas for Sonia Nazario-- here's what the group would like to know:

1) In hindsight, with the nightmares and the counseling needed, would she do this trip again, and, if so, would she do anything differently?

2) What was her one best experience, worst experience while researching the article/book?

3) Having included a lot of research data from the late 1990's and early 2000's, does she feel that the current situation has improved, stayed about the same, or gotten worse? Does she feel that the Latin American/Hispanic family structure has improved/changed since researching /Enrique's Journey?

October 21, 2011 at 11:23 AM  
Anonymous Odyssey Project Class said...

1. Did researching the book cause you to change your values about families and children? (Abraham Thomas, UW Odyssey Project student)

2. Have you kept in contact with Enrique and his family, and, if so, what are their lives like today? (Hedi Rudd, UW Odyssey Project student)

3. Are there any programs in Central America and Mexico to help create employment so mothers aren't forced to leave their children behind and also programs to educate people NOT to ride on train tops if they want to come to the U.S.? (Tatenda Bvindi, UW Odyssey Project student)

4. This book clearly required a great deal of work and sacrifice from you. What motivated you to start (other than the housekeeper you spoke of), and what goals were your intentions for the outcome of the story? (Michele Withers, UW Odyssey Project student)

October 21, 2011 at 11:32 AM  
Anonymous Terence C. Cunningham Jr. said...

Currently my gender and women studies class is studying topics that continuously involve themes including migration. "Enrique's Journey" involves many themes especially migration. People migrate for many different reasons such as for economic stability and, from a child's perspective, to find their parents. From your experiences and research of "Enrique's Journey" what is one important thing you learned about the migration of children from South America to the U.S. that you didn't know before?

October 23, 2011 at 7:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What role has the United States played in the economic hardships of Central and South American countries? What can the United States do in the future to help the economic status of these countires?

October 24, 2011 at 8:37 AM  
Anonymous uye said...

a great history.
Would you ever do
something as
extreme as that

November 29, 2011 at 1:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was it difficult for Enrique to tell his story and did he want people to know?

December 4, 2011 at 6:38 PM  

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