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Provides a concise historical background of immigration to the United States. Emphasis is placed on the push and pull factors and the affect of immigrants on the social and cultural landscape of the U.S.
Using both historical documents and the comprehensive ethnographical information available today, Foner gives an in depth comparison of the past influxes of European immigrants as compared to the wave of newer immigrants today.
Settling into a new life while staying connected to one's country of origin is a challenge that many immigrants face. Levitt, based on research done in the field, explores the hardships associated with negotiating two cultures and identities.
Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. From his home in New Jersey, where he lives with his old-world mother and rebellious sister, Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fukú--the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love.
Two generations of Chinese-American women struggle against maintaining footholds in tradition and new cultural protocols. In the end, though, everything relates back to the importance of family connections.
Lucy leaves the West Indies hoping to slough off the yoke of British influence, taking up a job as an au pair in the United States. But that comes with its own set of ethnic, filial, professional and sexual anxieties.