Issues of identity and belonging are inseparable from the experience of immigration. Stories of immigrants, past and present, illuminate the human lives behind the ever-shifting global landscape we inhabit today.
Here, a Muslim girl visibly shows her religion by wearing a hijab headscarf. After the 9/11 attacks, many Muslims notably embraced their religion in response to the defamatory statements about their community.
Anna May Wong is an actor who decided to become a movie star, rather than be "shoved to the sidelines of American life" due the treatment of Chinese Americans. She was successful in reaching her goal, though she faced much discrimination and stereotyping in her career.
The burqa is a full-body veil. The wearer’s entire face and body are covered, and one sees through a mesh screen over the eyes. It is most commonly worn in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan (1996–2001), its use was mandated by law.
The chador is a full-body-length shawl held closed at the neck by hand or pin. It covers the head and the body but leaves the face completely visible. Chadors are most often black and are most common in the Middle East, specifically in Iran.
Children gather outside a pub near Dalston, which displays the Cross of St. George. The flag used to be perceived as a discriminatory symbol but recently has grown in popularity among World Cup football teams.
Still of Douglas Fairbanks, Julanne Johnston and Anna May Wong in The Thief of Bagdad. Anna May Wong was cast into the supporting role of the princess's scheming "Mongol" slave. This role was a stereotype, representing how Chinese women were viewed.
French author and feminist Fadela Amara (left) attends a party in Paris in 2008 with Rachida Dati, French Minister of Justice (right), one of the most prominent Muslim figures in France. Amara is currently serving as the French Junior Minister for Urban Affairs and is heading several initiatives aimed at improving life in the banlieues. Many French Muslims disapprove of her strong stance against the political use of religion.