Children of Immigration

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Harvard University Press, Jun 30, 2009 - Social Science - 224 pages
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Now 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 book, written by the codirectors of the largest ongoing longitudinal study of immigrant children and their families, offers a clear, broad, 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 vividly 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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Carola and Marcelo Su rez-Orozco (Transformations: Immigration, Family Life, and Achievement Motivation Among Latino Adolescents), codirectors of the Harvard Immigration Project, have spent two ... Read full review

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Read it for a class... very interesting for me personally since I am a child of immigrants. I was able to understand my mother a little better. Read full review



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Page 5 - Rumbaut writes: an important finding supporting our earlier reported research is the negative association of length of residence in the United States with both GPA and aspirations. Time in the United States is, as expected, strongly predictive of improved English reading skills; but despite that seeming advantage, longer residence in the United States and...
Page 5 - The researchers pointed out that these finding are "counterintuitive" in light of the racial or ethnic minority status, overall lower socioeconomic status, and higher poverty rates that characterize many immigrant children and families that they studied. They also found that the longer youth were in the United States, the poorer their overall physical and psychological health. Furthermore, the more "Americanized...

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Carola Suárez-Orozco is Professor of Applied Psychology and Co-Director of Immigration Studies at New York University.

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