Fourth Annual Penn Yan Action Coalition Community Read

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Date(s) - 03/16/2023
12:00 am

Penn Yan Public Library


The members of the Penn Yan Action Coalition (PYAC) would once again like to invite the community to join us in reading and discussing books on current topics surrounding immigrant experiences in our country. For the first time, we are recommending two very different books: Beautiful Country: A Memoir of an Undocumented Childhood by Qian Julie Wang, and/or Go Back to Where You Came From: And Other Helpful Recommendations on How to Become American by Wajahat Ali.  They are available at Longs’ Cards and Books on Main Street in Penn Yan for $14.99 each, or for  $13.99 each if you purchase both.  You may choose to read either or both; PYAC’s members consider both titles very much worth discussing, and hope they will provoke stimulating conversation on their distinct styles and on the ideas they present.

Several guests will join our discussion sessions to share their personal experiences here in Penn Yan and in the Hobart and William Smith and Keuka College communities.  To join us for any of these events, register at; you can choose to attend either via Zoom or in person at Penn Yan Public Library.  During each session, we will be exploring the Asian-American and Asian immigrant experiences and issues of identity, belonging, and the concept of the “model minority.”   All sessions will be on Fridays from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., with the schedule of dates and topics as follows: 

  • April 21 – Book Talk: Beautiful Country 
  • April 28 – Book Talk: Go Back to Where You Came From 
  • May 05 – Guest Speaker: Dr. Khuram Hussain, Vice President of Equity & Inclusion and Associate Professor of Education Studies, Middlebury College, VT; formerly Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Dean of Hobart College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, NY
  • May 12 – Community Connections: Community members will share personal experiences from the perspective of their unique backgrounds.

A list of supplemental reading and websites, as well as links to some video presentations by Mr. Ali,  can be found at Penn Yan Public Library and Longs’.  We remain excited to bring these opportunities for community connection and learning to our region, and look forward to the important conversations that they will provoke.  If you have any questions, please write to us at

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