“Behind the Golden Door: The Resilience of Today’s Immigrants” 

by Dr. Tes Del Tufo and Dr. George Banez

How do immigrants navigate the stormy waters of the American Society? What qualities or traits can they model and adopt to enable them to achieve their version of the American Dream? Set against the turmoil (i.e., rampant and open racism, sexism and xenophobia) that is plaguing today’s society, Behind the Golden Door chronicles the real-life struggles and triumphs of immigrants to this country. It explores the conflicting beliefs and values of the American National Character and the potential reasons for this confusing tension between what Americans say and think and how they behave.

The book profiles the collective voices of immigrants—how they were able to face and overcome the challenges of life in America, how they shaped their version of the good life and how they flourished, despite the deceiving and conflicting messages of a society that values some but not all of its people.

The insights and wisdom of ordinary immigrants offer powerful guidelines for action for others who are going through a similar experience. The authors examined and analyzed their diverse stories and personal legends, then sifted through their inspiring narratives to find the golden nuggets that accounted for their success. They then developed a replicable framework that could be adopted by any immigrant attempting to survive the cleavages of race, religion, gender, economic and political power in America.


“We are a nation of immigrants who continue to reanimate and revitalize this work in progress called the United States of America.”

Loida Nicolas Lewis, Chair and CEO, TLC Beatrice LLC

“The stories of ordinary immigrants offer powerful testimonies to the strength, courage and resilience of the human spirit.”

Hon. Trey Paradee,  House of Representatives, State of Delaware

“A compelling book that humanizes the current debate on immigration and the national character of the United States…. It couldn’t be more timely.”

Harry Whitman, Former Director of Research, Univision