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The $8 Man is available in both paperback and e-book formats.
Why did you ask the question about immigration?
For the entire time I was gathering stories for this book, both the US and Canadian governments were struggling to develop immigration policies that enhance the lives of both their current citizens and their immigrants, to the benefit of all. Who better to ask for immigration policy recommendations than the people who are immigrants and now citizens? In my conversation with Ram Gada, we discussed the hypothetical question: If all Canadian and US citizens by birth lost their citizenship at the age of 19 and had to demonstrate the same understanding of civics and other information required of immigrants to become citizens, would that make a difference in their participation in our democracies?
Why did you ask the question about education?
The focus on education and personal responsibility for education were important themes I recognized as I listened to the storytellers. This observation was reinforced in the book "The Other One Percent: Indians in America" by Chakravorty, Kapur and Singh, published by Oxford Press. This focus on education has led the Indian diaspora to be one of the most highly educated cultural groups in the United States. Educational improvement in the US generally emphasizes more money for facilities, computers, smaller classroom sizes, more training, more student trips and more capital outlays. However, what The $8 Man storytellers suggest, using their lives as examples, is that personal ownership of their education is the single factor that drove them to excel in Indian schools, as well as their advanced studies in the US and Canada. AND they felt they had a responsibility to their families to do well, even as young children. If the US and Canada were to place a similar emphasis on developing a child's OWNERSHIP OF HIS EDUCATION, rather than capital expenses, how would this new priority change the strategies for education policy and reform?
How did you select the storytellers?
I started working with Kumar Malavalli in 1993, and over the years he introduced me to many of his friends and colleagues who comprise many of the storytellers. Mr. A. Pavan of Minneapolis, MN introduced me to the Minnesota storytellers. Unfortunately I did not get introduced to any female candidates. There are of course scores of $8 persons and I wish I had met and heard the stories of many more.
What was the Range of Time that the You Gathered the stories?
I approached the storytellers over a five-year period, during which time I recorded one-on-one interviews of their immigrant experiences. I then transcribed and edited these recordings and sent the transcripts back to each storyteller for their approval. What you read in The $8 Man are compilations of these live interviews, in the words of the storytellers themselves.
Who Should read this book?
>>If you are an entrepreneur or someone who cares about the development of ideas into products and services, this book is for you. There are stories of the founding of some of the most important companies in technology and the lessons learned are valuable for anyone today and tomorrow. And if you are in an established corporation, there are substantial ideas to improve your work.
>>If you care about philanthropy and improving our communities and schools, no matter where in the world, the stories have solid, tested ideas that can be replicated in multiple dimensions. The stories of well-executed philanthropy should give any group of interested people from families, to friends, to community organizations a launching point for finding ways to give back.
>>If you are curious about the journey an immigrant makes to reach and forge a new life in Canada and the US, these stories describe in detail the twists, turns, disappointments, misunderstandings, and joy of the immigrant experience. They convey the recurrent themes of hard work, continuing education and determination to broaden one's life beyond the familiar, which run through these immigrant stories.
>>If you are a member of TiE (a non-profit global organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship), the stories of the founding of the organization over 25 years ago is inspiring and demonstrates why the ideas executed in the founding of TiE are still relevant and powerful today.
>>If you are curious about the Indian culture, these stories are a great introduction and will hopefully lead to a broader engagement and understanding of this very diverse community of people.