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Ethiopian Immigration to Washington

Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

Author Dinaw Mengestu's debut novel, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, follows an Ethiopian émigré as he navigates life in a gentrifying Washington, DC neighborhood in the 1970s. Likewise, Chris Flaherty's Migration of Beauty documentary focuses on Ethiopians coming to the U.S. and their experience and issues associated with assimilation. CGD Research Fellow Michael Clemens, who studies the effects of skilled-worker emigration on developing countries, moderated the discussion of the topics portrayed in Mengestu’s novel and Flaherty's documentary that examines not only the experience of those who have emigrated, but also the impact on the countries they have left.

Dinaw Mengestu

This event is part of the Center for Global Development’s series of Movies, Books, and Conversations: Development Matters