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April Shemak

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823233557

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823233557.001.0001

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Introduction: The Poetics of Hospitality: Refugee, Migrant, Testimony

Introduction: The Poetics of Hospitality: Refugee, Migrant, Testimony

(p.1) Introduction: The Poetics of Hospitality: Refugee, Migrant, Testimony
Asylum Speakers

April Shemak

Fordham University Press

In her 2007 memoir, Brother, I'm Dying, Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat recounts the events surrounding the death of her eighty-one-year-old uncle Joseph Dantica, who died while being detained by U.S. immigration authorities shortly after his arrival at Miami International Airport in 2004. Dantica, a pastor, fled his home in Haiti after gang members burned down his church and threatened to kill him. The officer determined that Dantica did not have “a legitimate reason for entering the U.S.,” and he and his son Maxo were sent to Krome Detention Center in South Miami, where they were subsequently separated and Dantica's personal effects, including medication for blood pressure and an inflamed prostate, were taken from him. During his daylong detention at Krome, he was given medical attention for high blood pressure, but his medications were not returned to him.

Keywords:   Edwidge Danticat, Joseph Dantica, U.S. immigration, Miami, hospitality, detention

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