The Promised Land
The experiences of emigrants have resulted in a lot of outstanding literature. Apparently, the shocking contrast between dream and reality is not only a painful but also a rich source of inspiration. Jean Kwok, who originally comes from China, grew up in America and now lives in the Netherlands, wrote about migrants' experiences in her book Bijna thuis (Girl in Translation). The Moroccan Youssouf El Alamy in his novel The Clandestines wrote about the illusions and disillusions of boat people who don't see their dreams come true. Hassnae Bouazza talks to the writers about the everlasting enchantment of the Promised Land. In English.