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Assimilation

David Bowie: Memories of 'China Girl'

Khanh Ho | Posted 01.18.2016 | Entertainment
Khanh Ho

The song my sisters liked was "China Girl." They were four beautiful girls -- eminently dateable -- and I was their youngest brother, their pet. They weren't allowed to go off with strange boys. My parents were very strict. But they dated anyway, secretly, and I was their alibi.

Why Are There So Many Misconceptions About Muslim Americans?

Matthew La Corte | Posted 01.15.2016 | Politics
Matthew La Corte

Anti-Muslim rhetoric is out of step with reality. Not only are Muslim Americans successfully integrating into US society, they are actually more opposed to intolerance than many other Americans. Nevertheless, many Americans are still succumbing to hysteria. The question is, why?

Mass Sexual Assaults in Germany and the Liberal Dilemma

Raza Habib Raja | Posted 01.14.2016 | World
Raza Habib Raja

I lately came across an excellent article by Muslim reformist Maajid Nawaz on the recent mass sexual attacks in Cologne Germany allegedly committe...

Angela Merkel Calls Multiculturalism 'A Grand Delusion'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 12.14.2015 | World

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Joseph, Hanukkah, and the Dilemmas of Assimilation

Arnold M. Eisen | Posted 12.09.2015 | Religion
Arnold M. Eisen

Ruminations about assimilation come naturally to Jews in North America at the winter holiday season. How much should a parent insist that Hanukkah is part of public school celebrations that give students a heavy dose of Christmas?

Musee Nissim de Camondo: Thoughts About the Attacks in Paris

Ruth Seltzer Vogel | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Ruth Seltzer Vogel

The horrifying events in the weeks following the trip intensified my confusion. It is clear that the France of the 21st century is very different, in crucial ways, from the de Camondo's France.

'I'm a Working Class Mujer': Listening to Marginalized Student Voices

A. B. Wilkinson | Posted 11.22.2015 | College
A. B. Wilkinson

From California to Missouri to New York, structural oppression exists in every educational institution across the United States. It cannot be placed on a handful of people making prejudiced comments or simply pinned on outwardly racist, sexist, classist or homophobic actions. Systematic oppression is reflected in both the explicit actions of some and the implicit actions of many.

How 'The Cosby Show' Taught Me to Express My Cultural Identity

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 10.27.2015 | Entertainment
Ian Reifowitz

Bill Cosby is what he is, and he did what he did. I'm not here to comment on that. As for how his greatest creation is remembered, that's up to all of us collectively. What I'll say is that it had a tremendous effect on me, personally.

U.S. Multiculturalism or Cultural Assimilation?

A. B. Wilkinson | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics
A. B. Wilkinson

In 2015 multiculturalism should be openly embraced in the United States, a country where many pride themselves on having the freedom to be who they are without persecution. Instead, there are many who still advocate intolerance, including several presidential candidates.

Jeb Bush Is So Multicultural, He Doesn’t Even Know It

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 09.23.2015 | Latino Voices

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) repudiated multiculturalism on Tuesday at an Iowa campaign event, saying that immigrants limit their own econom...

Why the Republicans Secretly Hate the Assimilation of Legal Immigrants

Robert Creamer | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics
Robert Creamer

You'd think the "immigration without assimilation is an invasion" crowd would just love the push for legal permanent residents to become full fledged American citizens, but don't bet on it. That's because citizens can vote.

A Brief History of Education in the United States (Part 2)

Alan Singer | Posted 09.16.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Education is never either an independent force in American society or a principle agent for social change. It is a reflection of the basic debates talking place in the broader society.

My Transgender Life: Assimilation?

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

I have total clarity that my sense of self is that I am both a woman and a trans woman. I am comfortable holding these two ideas in parallel without any criticism or battling between them. I realize not everyone who transitions feels the same way.

Rand Paul Thinks 'Lack Of Assimilation' Is Native Americans' Problem

The Huffington Post | Julian Brave Noisecat | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics

GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul took to the airwaves Thursday to broadcast his theory that Native Americans "don't do very well because of their...

Jewish American Literature: A Story of Impossible Assimilation

Jesse Bogner | Posted 09.03.2015 | Religion
Jesse Bogner

One culture that is often left out of curriculums on multiculturalism is Jewish culture. While most curriculums do something that recognizes the Holocaust, a particularly relevant culture to students, especially New Yorkers, is Jewish American life.

Discrete, Wise, and Filled With Spirit: A Diaspora Judaism of Robust Hope

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 06.05.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

Here's the serious lesson I learned from my time in Upstate New York: We Jews are a strange and exotic creature. We are odd, we are unusual, we are slightly magical, and we are wonderful.

Bad for the Jews, Bad for America

Sandy Goodman | Posted 05.26.2015 | Religion
Sandy Goodman

The American Jewish community is coming apart at the seams. Its vital center is collapsing, and the entire group is increasingly polarized by runaway growth at both extremes: religious fundamentalism on one end, secular non-belief on the other.

Another Kind of Muslim Brotherhood

Kenan Trebincevic | Posted 05.03.2015 | New York
Kenan Trebincevic

As a 34-year-old Muslim man with an older brother I look up to, I hated how much we had in common with 34-year-old Said Kouachi and his brother Cherif, the terrorists who murdered 12 at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

For Me, There Is No Mommy War

Meredith Ethington | Posted 04.22.2015 | Parents
Meredith Ethington

My guess is that the mothers before us judged each other, too... but it was usually judgment behind closed doors, or maybe a whisper to their best friend about a neighbor; nothing like moms experience in this day and age, because we're all too accessible to each other.

World Cup Fervor Shows How USA Has Assimilated to Immigrant Cultures

Andres T. Tapia | Posted 09.06.2014 | Latino Voices
Andres T. Tapia

After nearly a century of fierce and condescending resistance, mainstream American culture has caught World Cup fever and is now just as infected as the rest of the world.

The Truth My Mother Kept From Me For Years

Lisa Meritz | Posted 07.21.2014 | Fifty
Lisa Meritz

Yes, my mother Sally was a stunner; her beauty a major asset. When she dressed up, you might not be able to tell which movie star she looked like, but some famous actress's name would be on the tip of your tongue.

Leaving the Reservation: Modern Day Assimilation

Gyasi Ross | Posted 05.19.2014 | Education
Gyasi Ross

Native students who are getting back acceptance letters right now: I'm proud of you. Your people are proud of you. You have an opportunity to do something amazing. Do it. We'll be waiting for you.

A Plea to Stop Underestimating Purim: The Most Modern Jewish Holiday

Rabbi Jordie Gerson | Posted 05.11.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Jordie Gerson

Though we don't often speak of ourselves this way, we as American Jews live in the diaspora. We live outside the land of Israel. Though we may have risen to great heights outside of the Land of Israel, we are always, in some sense, strangers in a strange land.

Birthright: Did I Have Sex With You in Israel?

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 04.05.2014 | Comedy
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

Ari and Emma reminisce on just how bizarre a program Birthright is, and just how much sex they had while they were there.

Good Night, Noche Buena

Vanessa Garcia | Posted 02.18.2014 | Latino Voices
Vanessa Garcia

My aunt's living room would be full of music, the kids would bang on tambourines and the old men would dance like this was the last time they'd ever swing their hips to a slow melancholy ballad, or kick to the beat of a rousing meringue.