How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

'The New American Reality' (Video)

One of the visual highlights today at the National Association of Hispanic Journalists convention in Orlando, Florida was a video produced by Univision, shown during a lunchtime panel on Spanish-language media and intended to drive home its importance as a way of reaching the vast and growing Latino market.

But the video's simple lines describing life lived between two cultures spoke to many in the room, who soon began tweeting about it, in a personal way.

A few of the lines that resonated:

I live at the intersection of my two cultures. I take from each what I choose.

I move easily between two worlds because I speak Spanish and I speak English. Y a veces I speak both.

My duality is my reality.


Substitute the Spanish for Korean, Vietnamese, Farsi, Armenian or any other first language retained by the American children of immigrants, and the lines apply universally.

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For children of immigrants, can family trump opportunity?

Photo by Stephen Zacharias/Flickr (Creative Commons)


An intriguing post on the Being Latino website today points out, if unscientifically, the tug-of-war between family and career that pulls at some young Latinos - and which I suspect pulls at other children of immigrants, too.

In the post, contributor Orlando Rodriguez connects the dots between a Pew Research Center report from a couple of years ago titled "Who Moves? Who Stays Put? Where's Home?" and Latino mobility, examining whether family ties hinder the sort of mobility that could lead to greater professional achievement.

According to the Pew report, U.S-born Latinos are "markedly more likely" than other Americans to have lived in only one state, with 72 percent doing so. When they do move, family reasons are an issue as well: Nearly half (48 percent) of the Latinos surveyed who moved said it was because their community was a good place to raise their children, compared to only a third or so of black and white Americans.

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