40 Survival Lessons For The Wise Immigrant
Is the migration journey for you? How do you decide whether you should go or not? How do you prepare for the challenges you are likely to face as an immigrant? So you migrated, how do you get settled?
How do you maintain focused and persevere? So there are discouraging moments, disappointments and failed expectations, what should you do?
You've met someone while overseas and love is in the air, how do you know if she or he is genuine? Are you in a tunnel or a bridge relationship? How do you get out of the tunnel? Do you have or are you about to catch one of the love diseases?
You are an immigrant and feel you want to return to your homeland, how do you go about doing this? Is the timing right to go back?
Have you had vacation times, adequate rest and relaxation? Is it time to take a break?
These questions and many more are answered and addressed in this book.
"Lost Crossing Broad Way"
"As soon as Angella Manning told me she was writing a book, I knew it had something to do with helping others, and just as I thought, so it was. I asked her what the book was about, and she told me her concerns about the migration mistakes many continued to make. She expressed her desire to make a difference by contributing and using her talent to write. "
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I feel extremely honored to be asked to write this foreword for my friend’s first book, Lost Crossing the Broad Way: 40 Survival Lessons for the Wise Immigrant. Such a work is long overdue, as so many people leave the comfort of their homeland with insufficient information and resources, and face extreme hardships in the process. Some never recover. About three years ago, I met a family who migrated to the United States from the Caribbean. Two members of that family became seriously ill, months apart, after landing in the USA. This resulted in the depletion of their financial resources, much of which was used on medical expenses, because they did not have health insurance. Whereas the younger members of the family were able to find employment and deal with the ordeal, the mother and father had to return to their native land, not having insurance or resources to cope with the mounting expenses.
As a business owner, philanthropist, and leader in my community and church, I have observed that true gems are rare. Angie Manning is one such rare gem. I had no doubt that, as is her trademark, Angie would do an outstanding job and produce a book that was sealed with her mark of excellence, bolstered with wit, and backed by experience. This she has done in this book. It is no surprise to me that my friend was moved to write such a novel piece of work, one that will provide a road map for anyone wishing to migrate to the Western world.
Angie first proved her mettle as a woman of substance and extensive abilities while working as chief executive officer of the Consumer Affairs Commission in Jamaica, West Indies. During her stewardship at the helm of that organization, I was the chairman of the board of directors to which she reported. A true professional, diplomat, and administrator and an ardent advocate of consumer rights and protection, Angie worked tirelessly and meticulously, playing a key role in the preparation and promulgation of consumer protection legislation in Jamaica. She also developed and implemented consumer education programs for the population at large and was active in the promotion of consumer-related concerns within the Caribbean region and Latin America.
Angie took on additional responsibilities for the Caribbean as a region when she was elected to serve as chairperson of the Caribbean Consumer Consultative Committee (CCCC). The CCCC was then a seven-member committee of Caribbean delegates charged with the mandate to assist in the promotion of consumer protection, education, and awareness across the Caribbean region. In her role as CEO and as chairman-elect of the CCCC, Angie participated in and made presentations at several deliberations in Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Panama, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, the USA, and South Africa. Her work commanded the respect of the public in general and attracted the attention of the media. She was called on frequently to respond to requests for interviews by the media on radio and television and in the press, and she was often quoted in print articles by various newspapers.
In 2004 when, owing to family obligations, she chose to migrate to the USA, many of us felt the loss of a true champion and leader; however, we trusted her judgment and supported her decision to move on. Angie’s life experiences, together with her specific encounters as an immigrant and with other settlers, earn her the right and credibility to write this book.
The book is indeed a brilliant work, presented largely within the context of travels and written in a simple manner with a distinctive style. In her unique way, Angie skillfully combines humor and thought provocation to turn the spotlight on seven main areas of relevance: deciding to migrate; preparing; adapting; advancing; marrying across cultures; returning home; and taking time out for rest, fun, and relaxation. By outlining the principal issues to be considered in these seven areas, she provides a total of forty important lessons to be learned by immigrants.
Here Angie has achieved the dual purpose of storytelling as well as writing a self-help guide. This book is therefore attractive to readers who are interested in intriguing and captivating stories about life, and to people looking for practical input or guidance on the matters addressed. In this book, Angie vividly captures the emotions, challenges, fears, and joys of her characters by presenting varied scenarios of real people who face actual challenges and victories as immigrants. After successfully engaging the reader’s thoughts on the issues, Angie encapsulates the main lessons to be learnt and provides checklists, guidelines, highlights, and quotes for emphasis and direction at the end of each chapter.
Undoubtedly, in writing the book, Angie must have had concerns relating to issues of culture, race, religion, nationality, and other differences that may affect her readers. Nevertheless, she has succeeded in crossing the racial, cultural, and national divide that might have otherwise existed, as she strove to ensure that this book would be of relevance to a large cross section of people and would meet the needs of a wide range of readers. However, I know her to be a humble and gracious individual who will merely state that she did what she felt she could and should do as a responsible citizen.
This book is very practical and an excellent survival manual, that should be read by every traveler, aspiring immigrant, and family member or friend of an immigrant or returning resident.
I congratulate and salute Angie for a remarkable piece of work and for continuing to make an impact on the world, regardless of where she lives. Thank you, Angella Manning Edusei, for a job well done.
President, Kiwanis Club of Kingston