Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Claudia Kolker: The Immigrant Advantage

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"Claudia Kolker has traveled the world as a reporter, including stints in Japan, the Caribbean, Mexico, India and Central America. In doing so, she’s learned and absorbed volumes about different cultures and the habits of millions of people outside the U.S. Now living in Houston, Kolker — who has reported for the Los Angeles Times, The Economist, The Boston Globe and the Houston Chronicle — drew on her experiences as a world traveler to focus on what traditions first-generation immigrants bring to this country. In her new book, The Immigrant Advantage, Kolker discusses more than a half-dozen practices brought from wherever different people call “the old country.” These include a Vietnamese savings club called a "hui," an age-old Mexican practice of caring for a mother for 40 days after giving birth called a "cuarentena" and after-school study habits of Asian students. Kolker talked to The Texas