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To Be An American: Cultural Pluralism and the Rhetoric of Assimilation

To Be An American: Cultural Pluralism and the Rhetoric of Assimilation

Hing, Bill Ong

The impetus behind California's Proposition 187 clearly reflects the growing anti-immigrant sentiment in this country. Many Americans regard today's new immigrants as not truly American, as somehow less committed to the ideals on which the country was founded. In clear, precise terms, Bill Ong Hing considers immigration in the context of the global economy, a sluggish national economy, and the hard facts about downsizing. Importantly, he also confronts the emphatic claims of immigrant supporters that immigrants do assimilate, take jobs that native workers don't want, and contribute more to the

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Published New York : NYU Press 1997

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ISBN: 0814744842, 9780814735237, 9780814744840
Note: Print version record.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (258 pages).
Series: Critical America Series
Subject: United States.; SOCIAL SCIENCE Minority Studies.; Acculturation United States.; Ethnic relations.; Immigrants.; Cultural pluralism United States.; Acculturation.; Social Science.; Cultural pluralism.; United States Ethnic relations.; Immigrants United States.; History.
Series Title: Critical America.
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  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. Introduction
  7. chapter 1 A Superior Multicultural Experience
  8. chapter 2 A Nation of Immigrants, a History of Nativism
  9. Chapter 3 Mi Cliente y Amigo Rodolfo Martinez Padilla
  10. chapter 4 Searching for the Truth about Immigrants and Jobs
  11. chapter 5 How Much Do Immigrants Cost? The Methodology Wars
  12. chapter 6 Contextualizing Immigration
  13. chapter 7 Low-Wage Immigrants and African Americans
  14. chapter 8 Beyond the Economic Debate: The Cultural Complaint.
  15. Chapter 9 The Challenge to Cultural Pluralists: Interethnic Group Conflict and SeparatismChapter 10 A New Way of Looking at America
  16. chapter 11 Back to Superior
  17. Notes
  18. Index.