Outcasts United by Warren St. John is a wonderful book about a community of refugees who live in Clarkston, Georgia and their struggles to adapt with foreign environment of the United States. The book tells the stories of refugees that come from different background and countries in which they are connected together by an American- educated Jordanian woman called Luma Mufleh. Despite their difficulties in establishing new identity, they found their passion in soccer and with Luma Mufleh as their coach they create a soccer team called Fugees. In the early chapters of the book, it illustrates the difficulties to make a group of kids from different background unite and work together but later, Luma’s program become popular throughout the neighborhood. Children are happy to spend their spare time playing soccer while parents are glad they can keep the children off the streets when they are working. Regardless their effort to bring together the children into a team, they have to face bad sentiments from the local residents when they are kicked out from the training field and forced to occupy other place as their training field. The Fugees team also have little supporter as their parents are working and become a subject of humiliation. Nevertheless, Luma is able to maintain the team spirit and expanded her program to include tuition for the soccer team. Throughout the stories, some kids stay while others give up the program due to influence of gang and other incidents but the remaining members who stay are able to achieve recognition and find new opportunities for better living in the community.
These refugees have similar motives to come to the United States which is due t...
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...ace, I find no factors that can contribute to discrimination. The job that those refugees occupy are the dirty jobs that most American does not filled and the job has low payment which does not seem to be the source of discrimination. The neighborhood that those refugees reside is also neighborhood that is almost abandoned as it doesn’t profitable for the owner. In my opinion, discrimination issue in this story may be caused by cultural differences in which the local resident dislike the sudden appearance of women wearing hijab, their religious practice, and their different language which local resident does not understand. This may have led old residents to feel disoriented and lead to discrimination.
Reich, Robert B. Nice Work If You Can Get It. The Wall Street Journal. 26 December 2003
Warren St. John. Outcast United. New York: Spiegel & Gaul. 2009
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