The fiction writer Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic in 1968. In 2009, he was awarded an Order of Merit by the Dominican government. But years later he was stripped of the medal, for speaking out against the country’s policies toward people of Haitian descent. In a wide-ranging conversation with David Remnick, Díaz discusses his complicated relationship with his native country and his experiences of xenophobia and racism as an immigrant growing up in America.
This segment originally aired on January 22, 2016.