Jason DeParle, New York Times reporter and author of "A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves: One Family and Migration in the 21st Century"
New York Times reporter Jason DeParle met 40-year-old Tita Comodas in 1987 when she welcomed him into her home in Leveriza, a Manila shantytown. Eight months of sleeping on her floor turned into a lifelong friendship. DeParle went on to trace the family’s economic and social trajectory over three generations —and with it, the rise of global migration. During that time, nine of Tita’s 11 siblings and 24 of her 41 nieces and nephews left the Philippines to work abroad. Rosalie, Tita’s second daughter and a nurse, eventually achieves her most cherished dream—one held by many—of emigrating to the United States with her family. In his latest book, A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves, DeParle recounts the family’s fortunes—and misfortunes—within the larger contexts of global migration and U.S. immigration policy. He follows, and celebrates, Rosalie and her family as they climb out of Manila’s “shantytown poverty” and into Galveston’s suburban middle class. In doing so, he captures their immense sacrifices and the remarkable benefits of immigration and assimilation to both the newly arrived and the nation itself.