Short Story: The Asylum Seeker by Suketu Mehta
The Asylum Seeker short story tells a woman named Caroline who lives in three different identities as she desperately looks for an asylum in the U.S. Through the first person narrative, the story of Caroline depicts how political turmoil in central Africa forces many Africans to be immigrants in foreign countries. Mehta’s details of Caroline’s process for granting her asylum – lying about her names and making up the rape stories – further questions the importance of authenticity. Additionally, Mehta also creatively describes how asylum seekers view America as a land of opportunity and equality, even if they have to to get by due to their illegal status.