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La Nueva California

Latinos from Pioneers to Post-Millennials

David Hayes-Bautista (Author)


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Since late 2001 more than fifty percent of the babies born in California have been Latino. When these babies reach adulthood, they will, by sheer force of numbers, influence the course of the Golden State. This essential study, based on decades of data, paints a vivid and energetic portrait of Latino society in California by providing a wealth of details about work ethic, family strengths, business establishments, and the surprisingly robust health profile that yields an average life expectancy for Latinos five years longer than that of the general population. Spanning one hundred years, this complex, fascinating analysis suggests that the future of Latinos in California will be neither complete assimilation nor unyielding separatism. Instead, the development of a distinctive regional identity will be based on Latino definitions of what it means to be American.
This updated edition now provides trend lines through the 2010 Census as well as information on the 1849 California Constitutional Convention and the ethnogenesis of how Latinos created the society of "Latinos de Estados Unidos" (Latinos in the US). In addition, two new chapters focus on Latino Post-Millennials—the first focusing on what it’s like to grow up in a digital world; and the second describing the contestation of Latinos at a national level and the dynamics that transnational relationships have on Latino Post-Millennials in Mexico and Central America.
Lists of Figures and Tables

1 • America Defines Latinos
2 • Latinos Reject America’s Definition
3 • Washington Defines a New Nativism
4 • Latinos Define Latinos
5 • Times of Crisis
6 • Latinos Define “American”
7 • Creating a Regional American Identity
8 • Latino Post-Millennials
9 • Latino Post-Millennials Create America’s Future

David E. Hayes-Bautista is Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of No Longer a Minority: Latino Social Participation in California, The Burden of Support: Young Latinos in an Aging Society, and El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition.

“In this book of beauty and fierce intelligence, David E. Hayes-Bautista, our maître-penseur of the Latino experience, paints in broad brushes and careful detail the saga of Latinos in California. Over the last two and a half centuries, Latinos have made and remade the state. In La Nueva California, we have a book that does justice to the complexity of one of the great journeys in the American tradition.”—Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco, Wasserman Dean, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, and coauthor of Latinos: Remaking America 

"Dr. Hayes-Bautista paints a vivid and fascinating portrait of Latinos in California—one that is elegant in fact and theory. In this book, we learn the unvarnished truth of yesterday, which helps to illuminate the unbridled path of tomorrow. La Nueva California is a testament to the genius of Dr. Hayes-Bautista and his commitment to social justice. Brilliant work.”— Carmela Castellano-Garcia, Esq., President and CEO, California Primary Care Association (CPCA)

"David Hayes Bautista is an insatiable researcher who is able to dig into lost, forgotten, and even hidden data to bring to light an entire new view of Latinos in California. This is not only a book full of facts, but an exciting text that explains the vicissitudes of the life of Latinos in California, and the ones arriving in this State even now.  Based on his knowledge of the rich and vibrant Latino cultures represented in California, Hayes Bautista is able to foretell the future of a community that has always been a part of the success story of the United States of America and is essential to its future.?"—Gabriela Teissier, journalist and news anchor, Univision

“Dr. Hayes-Bautista provides first rate scholarship and analysis for understanding the vital role that Latinos have long played in shaping the fabric of our nation and how they have long supported the traditional American values of freedom and equality.  His work provides a data-rich resource to policymakers and citizens alike interested in building a more inclusive and prosperous America."—Kevin Richardson, Member, Board of Visitors, Pepperdine University Graduate School of Public Policy and mayor, village of Lake Barrington, Illinois


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