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As Congress moves forward with immigration reform, we take a look at how this issue connects to culture, business and families in the Northwest.Our region is home to a unique blend of immigrants who work in all parts of our economy — from high-tech to agriculture. This population already has a deeply-rooted history here. And its ranks are expanding rapidly.Proposals for comprehensive immigration reform address border security, employment verification, guest-worker programs and pathway to citizenship for an estimated 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the US.

In her new 'writer's memoir' Amy Tan mines the past for instruction

Author Amy Tan is known for her portrayals of Chinese and Chinese-American lives, especially mother-daughter bonds. Her relationship with her own mother Daisy was fraught to say the least, but it also inspired her writing.

Now Tan has written “Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir.” The work sheds light on how Tan’s traumatic early life informed her writing.

Tan spoke with Seattle writer Laurie Frankel on October 25 at The Seattle Public Library Central Library. Sonya Harris recorded the discussion. The Elliott Bay Book Company’s Rick Simonson introduced the discussion.

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