Saturday, May 21, 2011

How Assimilation Works

—and how multiculturalism has wrecked it in California
17 May 2011

City Journal California

California is a concentrated example of the time-honored idea that America is an immigrant nation. From its beginnings as a territory through the twentieth century, California comprised a riotous variety of ethnic groups, nationalities, and religions. The whole world, it seemed, was coming and contributing to the state’s ethnic tapestry: Mexicans, Irish, Australians, South Sea Islanders, Italians, Basques, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Armenians, Volga Germans, Filipinos, Hmong, Laotians, Punjabis, Vietnamese.

And for a long time, immigration worked, because everyone was expected to assimilate, more or less, to the American paradigm.

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