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American by PaperHow Documents Matter in Immigrant Literacy$
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Kate Vieira

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816697519

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816697519.001.0001

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(p.155) Epilogue
American by Paper

Kate Vieira

University of Minnesota Press

MY AUNT WRITES THE FOLLOWING for inclusion in this book: “I also thought about my name, Maria do Carmo Tavares Pereira…. At the airport, they took our names apart. I became Maria Pereira.” Later, she became “Tequila,” a nickname coworkers gave her and that stuck, so that by the time we, the nieces and nephews, came along, we called her Aunt Tequila, or Tiqui. Upon marriage to my Lebanese American uncle, her name changed again, into a different language family. Her name started out one way and ended up another. Sometimes when people migrate and sometimes when they marry, the state takes apart their names. They pass through the bureaucratic machine and come out, on paper, quite different....

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