The American Dream: Walking in the Shoes of Carnies, Arms by Harmon Leon

By Harmon Leon

For a few, the yank Dream is a pre-fab condo within the suburbs with 2.5 youngsters and a two-week holiday on the finish of the yr. To others, it really is operating a push fruit cart in Oakland so as to positioned foodstuff at the family’s desk in Oaxaca. within the American Dream Harmon Leon attracts upon his studies of adopting personas and disguises to infiltrate some of the associations of lifestyle, residing between a various variety of subcultures and studying first hand how they see their imaginative and prescient and utopia. His incursions comprise operating as a marijuana farmer in a hippie commune in Northern California; changing into a carnie in rural Indiana; traveling a vacationer appeal in Mexico (that permits humans to simulate illegally crossing the border); venturing to Hollywood whereas attempting to climb the ranks within the star-making computing device; and dealing within the strawberries fields of California with newly arrived immigrants. the yank Dream is a humorous, satirical, and finally poignant tackle what it capability to be an American at the present time.

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Sauntering towards Twenty-first and Mission, a Latino guy wearing a down jacket and baseball cap stands in front of a music store two doors down from the passport-photo place, suspiciously hanging out with a very serious expression on his mug. We glance over, but he doesn’t make eye contact. Not thinking much of it, my friend suddenly hears him say to a passing Latino man, “Micas? ”) As my friend turns, he finally initiates eye contact. After a brief exchange in Spanish, the guy breaks into a friendly grin; he knows he has a customer.

He’s not going to do heavy labor; he’s a wheeler or dealer,” she adds, explaining his goal is to find a business to take back to Mexico or vice versa. ” In the meantime, Fresa’s going to use his new phony green card in order to find temporary work on a fishing boat. Sauntering towards Twenty-first and Mission, a Latino guy wearing a down jacket and baseball cap stands in front of a music store two doors down from the passport-photo place, suspiciously hanging out with a very serious expression on his mug.

Once again, the group is instructed to get in the back of one of four waiting pickup trucks. ” Blindfolds are handed out. Instructions are made not to peek. Too tired to disagree, I wrap the piece of cloth around my eyes. The pickup trucks take off. Around hilly terrain and windy roads we drive in complete, utter silence and darkness. Is this a trap? Will our fake border-crossing end with us getting faux ex- 1568583525-Leon:Layout 1 7/16/08 2:04 PM Page 21 Immigrant American Dream 21 ecuted by drug lord impersonators?

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