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Immigrants Of The Day: Khaled Hosseini of Afghanistan, Dr. Nina L. Khrushcheva of Soviet Union, and John Houseman of Hungary

by Kevin R. Johnson

Khaled Hosseini (Afghanistan)

Khaled_hosseini Khaled Hosseini (born March 4, 1965) is a novelist and physician born in Afghanistan. His debut novel, The Kite Runner, was a bestseller. His second, A Thousand Splendid Suns, was released in May 2007.

Hosseini was born on March 4, 1965, in Kabul, Afghanistan. His father was involved with the Afghan Foreign Ministry and his mother was a teacher at a girls high school. In 1973, a coup ousted the former King of Afghanistan from power. In 1976, Hosseini's family moved to Paris. In 1980, the family sought political asylum in the United States and made their residence in San Jose, California. They had left Afghanistan with only the clothes on their back.

Hosseini graduated from Independence High School in San Jose in 1984 and enrolled at Santa Clara University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in biology in 1988. The following year, he entered the UC San Diego, School of Medicine, where he earned his M.D. in 1993. Hosseini completed his residency in internal medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles in 1996.

The Kite Runner is the story of a young boy seeking to establish a closer rapport with his father and coping with memories of a haunting childhood event. The novel is set in Afghanistan, from the fall of the monarchy until the collapse of the Taliban regime, and in the San Francisco Bay Area. Its many themes include ethnic tensions between the Hazara and the Pashtun in Afghanistan, and the immigrant experiences of Amir and his father in the United States.

The Kite Runner has been adapted into a film of the same name.  Its release this year has been delayed because of controversy over some of the scenes depicting Afghanistan.

Hosseini is a naturalized U.S. citizen.  For his official website, click here.

October 18, 2007 | Permalink

Nina Khrushcheva (Former Soviet Union)

Nina_k Dr. Nina L. Khrushcheva is a professor of media and culture in the graduate program of international affairs at The New School, a senior fellow of the World Policy Institute, and from 2002 to 2004 was adjunct assistant professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She is the great-granddaughter of former Soviet Premier Nikita Krushchev. Dr. Khrushcheva earned a degree from Moscow State University with a major in Russian and minors in English and Italian in 1987 and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University in 1998.  She write regularly about world affairs.

Khrushcheva is a naturalized U.S. citizen and lives in New York City.

October 19, 2007 | Permalink

John Houseman a/k/a Charles Kingsfield (Hungary)

Houseman_2  John Houseman (19021988) was an actor. Born Jacques Haussmann in Hungary, he was educated in England at Clifton College before immigrating to the United States. He then took the stage name John Houseman.

Houseman produced more than two dozen films, including the 1946 film noir, The Blue Dahlia. He first became widely known to the public for his Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning role as Professor Charles Kingsfield in the 1973 film The Paper Chase, a role which he reprised in the television series of the same name.  For a scene from the film, click here.

Houseman was the Executive Producer of CBS's landmark Seven Lively Arts series. Houseman also starred in Rollerball (1975) and the Neil Simon film, The Cheap Detective (1978).

In the 1980s, Houseman was also known for his commercials for brokerage Smith Barney, which featured the catchphrase, "They make money the old fashioned way . . . they earn it."

Houseman was a naturalized U.S. citizen.

October 22, 2007 | Permalink

These posts were orginally posted on the ImmigrationProf Blog here, here and here.

About The Author

Kevin R. Johnson is currently Dean, Professor of Law and Chicana/o Studies, and the Mabie-Apallas Public Interest Law Chair holder at the University of California at Davis. He is also one of the editors of ImmigrationProf Blog .

The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinion of ILW.COM.