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Immigration in the Now: What to do with a Pot of Stew

Kathryn Klett | Posted 02.15.2017 | Latino Voices
Kathryn Klett

Borders open, borders closed - it's the squeaky hinges of our immigration debate, our country's rusty door that just keeps up an unrelenting swinging....

Want To Prevent Lone Wolf Terrorism? Promote A 'Sense of Belonging' Among Immigrants

The Conversation US | Posted 09.06.2016 | World
The Conversation US

It's not sufficient to know that Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel had a violent relationship with his wife, or that Abdelmalik Petitjean visited Turkey just prior to entering a church in Normandy. What's more important is to understand what they wanted for themselves in the longer term.

Burkinis And The Jewish Question

Arnold M. Eisen | Posted 08.17.2016 | Religion
Arnold M. Eisen

Integration of Muslims is a matter of national security for France, indeed of national survival. Jews too have an enormous stake in the outcome of that struggle, in America as well as in France.

To Prevent More Attacks Like Nice, We Must Integrate Muslims, Not Simply Bomb ISIS

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 07.18.2016 | World
Akbar Ahmed

The lesson from yet another attack in France is this: Europe needs to change its approach to terrorism -- and fast.

What Donald Trump Teaches Us About How We Become Americans

Shervin Malekzadeh | Posted 01.20.2017 | Politics
Shervin Malekzadeh

What Donald Trump Teaches Us About How We Become Americans Grammar made the news this month, pushed into the spotlight by Donald Trump's renewed camp...

My Friend Stefano Tells Me About the Future of Asian Americans

Frank H. Wu | Posted 05.17.2016 | Education
Frank H. Wu

I wonder if Asian Americans will become "white." Every year as we observe Asian American Heritage Month, I meditate on the question. As with almost all such inquiries, I doubt the easy answers, both as predictions and as prescriptions.

What an American Professor Has Taught Me About Chinese Philosophers

Frank H. Wu | Posted 04.19.2016 | Education
Frank H. Wu

I wonder if I am more Asian, specifically Chinese, than I realize. I was reading the new book about applying Chinese philosophy to your own life, and it was more touching than I had expected. As a Chinese American whose parents emigrated from Taiwan more than fifty years ago, I grew up in Detroit.

I Couldn't Disagree More With What David Brooks Said In His Article "How Covenants Make Us"

Mark Baer | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics
Mark Baer

I typically agree with much of what David Brooks has to say. However, I'm afraid that he was way off the mark with his article "How Covenants Make Us." Demographic diversity in the United States is a good thing. The problem has to do with the lack of integration and assimilation of demographically diverse communities.

Where You Are Really From Depends on How I Ask

Frank H. Wu | Posted 03.08.2016 | Politics
Frank H. Wu

The person who is suspicious about the Asian American, whether he deserves the passport he carries thanks to birthright, should not be confused with the Asian American who wants to establish affinity, to confirm the possibility of integration.

The World Culture Festival: Why we cannot Afford to keep Culture Under the Radar Any More

Shalini Parekh | Posted 02.11.2017 | World
Shalini Parekh

The line crackled and faded. I had gauged that my son -- who on a recent birthday had joined the ranks of adults -- was calling from Udaipur, my homet...

Identity and the Future of America

Christopher Holshek | Posted 02.07.2017 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

Americans are more worried and anxious about the future than ever. Sure, every generation seems to think, for one reason or another, that the place is going to hell in a hand basket. This time, it appears to be a unique convergence of a number of things.

David Bowie: Memories of 'China Girl'

Khanh Ho | Posted 01.17.2017 | 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 01.15.2017 | 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 01.11.2017 | 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 committed by...

Angela Merkel Calls Multiculturalism 'A Grand Delusion'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 12.14.2015 | World

In an address to the Christian Democratic Union on Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged to limit the flow of refugees entering the country,...

Joseph, Hanukkah, and the Dilemmas of Assimilation

Arnold M. Eisen | Posted 12.09.2016 | 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 11.20.2016 | 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 11.22.2016 | 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 10.27.2016 | 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 10.01.2016 | 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 01.16.2017 | Latino Voices

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

Why the Republicans Secretly Hate the Assimilation of Legal Immigrants

Robert Creamer | Posted 09.18.2016 | 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 09.16.2016 | 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 09.11.2016 | 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 03.21.2016 | 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 ...