- How familiar were you with refugees’
stories prior to reading The Lucky Ones? Have these personal stories changed
your perceptions of refugees?
- Were there specific stories that
challenged or surprised you? Which ones and why?
- Which stories resonated with you the most and why?
- Have you ever moved away or been
stripped of most/all of what you knew in your life? Do you know anyone who has?
What does it take to start again?
- What coping strategies are used by participants in the book?
What attributes helped them create resilience? For you in your life?
- Both Muuxi and Seid speak of having to “let go of their old
lives” in order to integrate fully (page 25, 43). Do you think newcomers should
have to give up their culture and adopt Canadian culture? Is it possible? What
price is paid for this choice?
- How much do you think Canada’s future
relies on bringing in refugees and immigrants? What are the upsides and downsides
- In Anonymous’s story he speaks of not
just needing a bed to sleep on but of the things that will bring him the peace
that he needs for a good night’s sleep (page 163). What can established
Canadians do to help newcomers “sleep better at night”?
- Raqiya speaks of being raised an
independent and strong woman (page 83). Does this surprise you? How do we
perceive Muslim women today?
- Deborah's story is one about
immigration (pages 144-157). Why do you think the author included her
story in this collection?
- Do you consider Noma a refugee or an
immigrant (page 107-119)? Why?
- What role does faith play in these
- What is your opinion of the title?
Are these participants lucky?
- Why do you think the author chose to
write these stories in the first person?
- Have these stories inspired you?
- Choose one of the stories from the
book and compare and contrast this individual's experience to your own. How are
you similar? How are you different? Try to question deeper than just gender,
class, race, power, and culture.
- How do the stories of newcomers in
this book compare to the experiences of First Nations People of Canada? Is
there common ground? Differences?
- Consider a list of all your networks
or connections to people (family, friends, neighbors) who can help you when you
need assistance (looking for a job, solving a specific problem etc.) and then
consider the same access to networks (or lack of) that newcomers have. What value
do these networks or social connections bring?