Thanks to Deepak Singh for calling in today.
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How May I Help You?: An Immigrants Journey from MBA to Minimum Wage (UC Press, March) is journalist Deepak Singh's chronicle of moving from India to small-town America, highly educated and yet unable to secure anything but a low-paying job in an electronics store. This is the story of downward mobility experienced by so many immigrants, told with candor, humility, and humanity and through the unique lens of an initially credulous outsider who is “fresh off the plane.” It is also a story of assimilation, as Singh learns to navigate the nuances of language and cultural norms, address his own identity issues, and appreciate the struggle of his retail coworkers as they encounter myriad challenges to their pursuit of the American Dream.