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Concepcion

Journalist Albert Samaha’s investigation into his family’s decision to emigrate from the Philippines turns up some surprising and complex answers.

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Review of ‘Concepcion’

A diligent reader might begin this absorbing journey into an immigrant family’s fortunes, made and lost, by seeking the meaning of its title, Concepcion. They would discover that, like the generations revealed in Albert Samaha’s probing account, the answer isn’t simple. Concepcion is the surname of Samaha’s ancestors, the name of one of Ferdinand Magellan’s…

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