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Assimilation

World Cup Fervor Shows How USA Has Assimilated to Immigrant Cultures

Andres T. Tapia | Posted 07.07.2014 | 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...

The Problem With Partition: Human Rights Provides an Alternative to Israel and the Palestinians

William K. Barth | Posted 07.22.2013 | World
William K. Barth

Since Israelis and Palestinians live interspersed they are already compelled to cooperate on areas of mutual responsibility such as border security, migration, right-of-return, dual-citizenship, public services, trade and employment.

A Few Conclusions Missing

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

Given such a sobering approach, a reader could be a little disappointed that after saying "a" authors refrained from spelling out many obvious conclusions.

Mainstream Media Finally Getting It: Latino Immigrants Are Immigrating

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.22.2013 | Latino Voices
Ian Reifowitz

When the media is filled with stories, often largely anecdotal but highly effective, about immigrants not learning English, or waving Mexican flags at immigration rallies, it makes people on the fence turn against immigration reform.

What I Learned From Gay Sex: Misogyny And Homophobia

Simon Moritz | Posted 06.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Simon Moritz

Peter is a gay man I slept with once. When he did come home with me and we were naked in my bed, he kissed my neck, and I moaned, high-pitched and breathy. He stopped, looked me in the eye and said, "Don't do that. It's faggy."

New Report: Second-generation Immigrants Successfully Integrating

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

I do believe it is vital that America has a unifying national identity and that immigrants feel a sense of community with their fellow Americans -- and vice versa. And by no means is everyone who expresses concerns about how well we're doing on those fronts is a bigot or a demagogue.

Hanukkah Light: Looking Out and In During the Holiday Season

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 02.03.2013 | Parents
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

Nature has parked itself on small sections of our city's corner. Soon, the trees will be gone, my son observes, sold to homes where they will decorate living rooms and be adorned with bows, ornaments, trinkets and gifts. His living room will be empty of such wonder.

A New Form of Immigration Assimilation

Omandra Zamora | Posted 08.26.2012 | College
Omandra Zamora

Using the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center (FIAC) as a case study, I attempt to understand how a human rights organization facilitates the process of immigrant incorporation into American society.

Advertisers Act To Engage With Rapidly Changing Hispanic Consumers

Posted 03.29.2012 | Latino Voices

It's not new news that the U.S. Hispanic population represents important sales and marketing opportunities. With Latino purchasing power surpassing $1...

Queer Hair For The Postmodern Dandy

justin adkins | Posted 04.16.2012 | Gay Voices
justin adkins

I went to a workshop where the question was posed, "What is something you do to queer your life?" I said, "I wear a handlebar mustache." The audience laughed, but I was serious. The mustache is no coincidence. My facial hair is based on anti-assimilation theory.

Keeping Score On Jewish Assimilation

Kevin Bermeister | Posted 02.27.2012 | Religion
Kevin Bermeister

I overheard a florist comment that he'd sold more Christmas trees this year to Jewish families than non-Jewish families, and it got me thinking that the state of play for Team-Jewish is at a critical point of the game.

How Adam Sandler's 'Chanukah Song' Helped Save The Jews

Jonathan_Miller | Posted 02.22.2012 | Religion
Jonathan_Miller

The '80s were a challenging time for American Jewry. It was easy to understand why so many took comfort fading into the multi-colored fabric of secularized Christianity. But then the 1990s brought forth a modern-day Judah Maccabee: Adam Sandler.