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In the midst of the largest wave of immigration in history, America, mythical land of immigrants, is once again contemplating a future in which new arrivals will play a crucial role in reworking the fabric of the nation. At the center of this prospect are the children of immigrants, who make up one fifth of America's youth. This study offers an interdisciplinary view of who these children are and what their future might hold. For immigrant children, the authors write, it is the best of times and the worst. These children are more likely than any previous generation of immigrants to end up in Ivy League universities - or unschooled, on parole, or in prison. Most arrive as motivated students, respectful of authority and quick to learn English. Yet, at the same time, many face huge obstacles to success, such as poverty, prejudice, the trauma of immigration itself, and exposure to the materialistic, hedonistic world of their native-born peers. The authors describe how forces within and outside the family shape these children's developing sense of identity and their ambivalent relationship with their adopted country. Their book demonstrates how "Americanization", long an immigrant ideal, has, in a nation so diverse and full of contradictions, become ever harder to define, let alone achieve.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674008380
ISBN-10: 0674008383
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 140mm x 18mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 7-May-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Carola Suarez-Orozco

Carola Suarez-Orozco is Professor of Applied Psychology and Co-Director of Immigration Studies at New York University. Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco is Courtney Sale Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education and Co-Director of Immigration Studies at New York University.

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