Academic journal article The Future of Children

Growing Up American

Academic journal article The Future of Children

Growing Up American

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EDITOR'S INTRODUCTION

Children of immigrant families must confront the challenges of first understanding, and then negotiating, their place in American society. As generations of immigrants before, they often must deal with racial and economic prejudice as they struggle to create a new identity for themselves--rooted in their ancestry, but at the same time, seeking all the opportunity and promise this country has to offer. The articles in this section explore what it means to "grow up American" today from three different perspectives: a Latino perspective, a Southeast Asian perspective, and an economically-disadvantaged perspective.

In the first article, Perez discusses the importance of education, health, and economic status in efforts to promote the future productivity and well-being of the growing numbers of Latino children in this country. She notes that the nation's economic and social prosperity will depend on how well Latino children are prepared to lead the country forward.

In the second article, Yang points out that while as a group, Asian Americans are doing

quite well, children whose ancestors are from Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam) continue to struggle with limited English skills, discrimination, miscommunication, and feelings of alienation. …

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