Albert Samaha

Cindy Seip

Albert Samaha is an investigative journalist and inequality editor at BuzzFeed News whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, San Francisco Weekly, and the Riverfront Times, among other outlets. He is also the author of Never Ran, Never Will: Boyhood and Football in a Changing American Inner City. In Concepcion: An Immigrant Family’s Fortunes (Riverhead Books), Samaha explores the forces that steered the fate of his sprawling Filipino American family, and his findings reframe how we comprehend the immigrant experience. This book relays one family’s story, but Samaha presents it through the region’s unique geopolitical roots in Spanish colonialism, American intervention, and Japanese occupation, placing that personal story into the broader tale of global migration as determined by chess moves among superpowers. Adam Serwer, author of The Cruelty Is the Point, called it a “gorgeous, cinematic epic about how an immigrant family becomes American, and the unfathomable losses they bear in pursuit of the dream.”