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To Be an American : Cultural Pluralism and the Rhetoric of Assimilation - Bill Ong Hing

To Be an American

Cultural Pluralism and the Rhetoric of Assimilation

Paperback Published: 1st January 2000
ISBN: 9780814736098
Number Of Pages: 256

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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 tax coffers than they take out of the system.

A major contribution of Hing's book is its emphasis on such often-overlooked issues as the competition between immigrants and African Americans, inter-group tension, and ethnic separatism, issues constantly brushed aside both by immigrant rights groups and the anti-immigrant right. Drawing on Hing's work as a lawyer deeply involved in the day-to-day life of his immigrant clients, To Be An American is a unique blend of substantive analysis, policy, and personal experience.

Introductionp. 1
A Superior Multicultural Experiencep. 6
A Nation of Immigrants, a History of Nativismp. 13
Mi Cliente y Amigo Rodolfo Martinez Padillap. 32
Searching for the Truth about Immigrants and Jobsp. 44
How Much Do Immigrants Cost? The Methodology Warsp. 76
Contextualizing Immigrationp. 107
Low-Wage Immigrants and African Americansp. 129
Beyond the Economic Debate: The Cultural Complaintp. 146
The Challenge to Cultural Pluralists: Interethnic Group Conflict and Separatismp. 160
A New Way of Looking at Americap. 174
Back to Superiorp. 182
Notesp. 192
Indexp. 237
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ISBN: 9780814736098
ISBN-10: 0814736092
Series: Critical America S
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st January 2000
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 14.86  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.35