Six Words Fresh Off the Boat, A Powerful Six Word Compilation About Cultural Identity and Immigration


At the end of 2016, Larry Smith, the creator of Six Word Memoirs and friend of Laughing Squid, partnered with the ABC television show Fresh Off the Boat to put out a call for six word stories about how a nation of immigrants came to the United States. The project received well over one million powerful responses, many of which were compiled and put into the book Six Words Fresh Off the Boat:Stories of Immigration, Identity, and Coming to America.

This timely and unique crowd-sourced book of immigration stories — each told in six words — captures hundreds of memoirs on the experience from across America, spanning cultures and generations, to paint a powerful portrait of who we are as a country, and where we came from.

A post shared by Angelica Lai (@punsonaplate) on


A post shared by Shinyi Jeng ? (@shinyijeng) on

Got on Wrong Train

Disclosure: My “Fresh Off the Boat Six Word Memoir” is also included in the book.


Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails.