In this Meridian Stories Challenge, you are going to present an excerpt from a talk show where the guest on this show is the author of a book called: “Immigrant Tales: The Real Story of XXXXX Immigrants in the United States”. Those X’s can be filled in by any number of cultures: Bosnian, German, Polish, Sudanese, Irish, Iraqi, Italian, Chinese, Liberian, Cuban, Russian, Somali, Japanese, …the list goes on and on. The book can cover immigrant populations that came to this country decades ago, or ones that are relatively new to the United States and whose impact is only just now being felt. The story that you are going to tell needs to be based on a mix of primary and secondary sources. It can, of course, be based on your own familial story or that of a friend. In other words, this ‘real story’ can be a rather singular, personal account – one family or neighborhood’s experience with immigrating to the US. The story should also be a broader account – one that seeks to illuminate the basic narrative of an entire culture’s integration into American society. The end result is a portrait of a particular immigrant population, as compiled from your research into tales of individual immigrants from your chosen culture, and the collective narrative of that culture’s integration into American society. In your storytelling, your team will look to explore economic, cultural and personal narratives.