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Immigration and Assimilation



The immigrant experience is extremely multifaced, with every experience impacted by many factors, including each individual’s country and culture of origin, reason for immigrating, and previous socioeconomic status. But while there are a plethora of differences, all immigrants face similar challenges when it comes to assimilating into their adopted country: finding a place to live, finding a job, creating a sense of belonging and community, and dealing with prejudice and/or incorrect perceptions about their home country or culture. After immediate struggles are confronted, the children and grandchildren of immigrants all must confront different levels of new and old cultural connection and disconnection, often introducing generational conflicts that non-immigrant families usually don’t encounter.

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New Immigrants Share Their Stories

The students of Newcomers High School in Long Island City, which specializes in teaching recent immigrants, and those of St. Luke's, a private middle school in Manhattan, have come together to dialogue about difference and combat bias.

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The Undocumented Americans

Writer Karla Cornejo Villavicencio was on DACA when she decided to write about being undocumented for the first time using her own name. It was right after the election of 2016, the day she realized the story she’d tried to steer clear of was the only one she wanted to tell.

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What the American Dream Looks Like for Immigrants

Upward mobility is common for the millions who come to the US. But there’s a lot more to the story.

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Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez: What's Missing from the American Immigrant Narrative | TED

Recounting her story of finding opportunity and stability in the US, Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez examines the flaws in narratives that simplify and idealize the immigrant experience -- and shares hard-earned wisdom on the best way to help those around us.

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The Good Immigrant: 26 Writers Reflect on America

From Trump's proposed border wall and travel ban to the marching of white supremacists in Charlottesville, America is consumed by tensions over immigration and the question of which bodies are welcome.

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How Latino Catholics Are Grappling with Their Own History of Racism

The United States is going through a national examination of conscience on the question of race, and the Latino community is no exception.

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Motherhood across Borders: Immigrants and Their Children in Mexico and New York

While we have an incredible amount of statistical information about immigrants coming in and out of the United States, we know very little about how migrant families stay together and raise their children.

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My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education

In this sharp and candid collection of essays, critically acclaimed writer and first-generation American Jennine Capó Crucet explores the condition of finding herself a stranger in the country where she was born.

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Inspiration, Not Charity: How Refugees from Bhutan thrived in Blacktown

Refugees are not vulnerable they just need help to play to their strengths, says Om Dhungel, a ‘Blacktown boy’ from Bhutan.

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Undocumented in America: Viviana’s Story

This film is an intimate portrayal of what it’s like to be an undocumented immigrant in the shadow of the sanctuary city debate happening around the country.

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