The immigration patterns of the last three decades have profoundly changed nearly every aspect of life in the United States. What do those changes mean for the most established Americans—those whose families have been in the country for multiple generations?
The Other Side of Assimilation explains how established Americans undergo their own assimilation in response to immigration-driven ethnic, racial, political, economic, and cultural shifts. The author draws on a rich set of interviews with established individuals living in three different cities in the Bay Area—East Palo Alto, a poor, black-turned-Latino majority city; Cupertino, an upper-middle-class city where whites have been replaced by Asians as the majority population; and Berryessa, a middle-class , ethnically-mixed neighborhood in San Jose that has seen an influx of Vietnamese immigrants. This book illustrates how established individuals make sense of their experiences in immigrant-rich environments, in work, school, public interactions, romantic life, and leisure activities. With lucid prose, Jiménez demonstrates how immigration is reshaping the United States by altering the outlooks and identities of its most established citizens.
Tomás R. Jiménez is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and a Faculty Affiliate at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University. He is also author of Replenished Ethnicity: Mexican Americans, Immigration, and Identity.