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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 09.11.2015 | Gay 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.

Kosher Turkey: Traditions that Compliment - and Compete

Stuart Dow | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Stuart Dow

From its outset, the Torah posits an ongoing tension between two imperatives - the universal and the particular: The God of Israel is the God of all humanity, so morality transcends nationality, but Jews have additional obligations they are commanded to keep.

Learning Hindi for the Second Time

Rohit Kumar | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Rohit Kumar

As I strolled down the streets, and sat at one of India's northern hill stations, those who didn't know me would often look at me funny -- a full grown, bearded, well-dressed Indian man flipping through a stack of illustrated Hindi children's storybooks.

The New Number One

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 09.24.2013 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

For the first time in broadcast history, Univision, a Spanish language station had the more viewers than any other television source in America among all adults between 18 and 49.

All Those Who Wander Are Not Lost

Iram Ganju | Posted 09.23.2013 | Impact
Iram Ganju

While those squiggly black lines we call country borders have created fascinating cultures, humanity now seems destined to transcend them as the globalized workforce must move across the boundaries of countries and continents to make a better life.

Immigrant Integration Is American -- and Key to Reform

Manuel Pastor | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Manuel Pastor

The inclusion of integration measures in the Senate's current version of the bill is essential to helping us prepare immigrants and the nation for a brighter and more productive future.

Hispanics Follow Path Of Earlier Immigrants

Wall Street Journal | Posted 06.18.2013 | Latino Voices

As immigration reform moves through Congress, one claim by opponents is that this time immigration is different because the country's latest arrivals ...

When the Chinese Became Irish

Frank H. Wu | Posted 08.17.2013 | College
Frank H. Wu

In the Tony-nominated Beauty Queen of Leenane by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, there is a wonderful bit of scenery that explains the power of the ...

Conservatives Care About 'Assimilation'

Politico | Posted 06.10.2013 | Latino Voices

It’s not border security. It’s not “amnesty.” But it is another flash point for conservatives when it comes to comprehensive immigration re...