Academic journal article Mankind Quarterly

Visible Differences: Why Race Will Matter to Americans in the Twenty-First Century

Academic journal article Mankind Quarterly

Visible Differences: Why Race Will Matter to Americans in the Twenty-First Century

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Visible Differences: Why Race Will Matter to Americans in the Twenty-First Century Dominic Paiera Continuum, New York, 2003

This 400-page paperback examines the increasing ethnic complexity of the American population, advancing the forecast that during the course of the present century Americans of European descent will find themselves in a minority. Believing that a workable multicultural-multiethnic democracy is entirely feasible, this conclusion does not give concern to the author, who nevertheless examines the situation without attempting to preach to his readers. Instead, he dispassionately studies the complex interrelationships between the many ethnic minorities that now populate the USA - and whose presence has caused the population of America to double since the end of World War II.

In general the incomers, both legal and illegal, are tending to bond with their own ethnic compatriots, and many of the passions that separated them in their homelands remain with them in the US. Thus, migrants from El Salvador retain antithetical attitudes towards those from Guatemala, and those from Mexico are reluctant to mingle with migrants from other Latin American countries, while Hindus from India remain separate from Moslems from Pakistan. In addition, new antipathies are arising between immigrants from different countries that had little contact with each other until hey settled in America: so that we are told that immigrant Koreans living in California regard Hispanic Californians with contempt. …

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