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I think that the term "assimilation" is a difficult thing to work out.  I seem to perceive it in a much different way than I have seen it used in reference to Europe.  

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.
by poemless on Tue Jul 17th, 2007 at 02:43:27 PM EST
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In Europe, assimilation is understood to mean stripping the immigrant of all traces of their previous identity.

Still today, in countries around Europe you see that dynamic at work, or at least advocated by a sizeable political minority.

I think in the US you're starting to develop some of the same, with the "English Only" movement, and so on.

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jul 17th, 2007 at 06:29:26 PM EST
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Exactly.  But I don't think the situation in America is nec. new; it seems to be the first chapter in all waves of immigration.  Although, given the size of the latest wave of immigration, it might be stronger.  Still, the same people who want English to be the official language will shoot you if you try to take away their nachos...  It's the jobs, not the culture, they want the immigrants stripped of...

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.
by poemless on Tue Jul 17th, 2007 at 06:34:04 PM EST
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It might have something to do with the fact that the US has not only reached its maximum geographical extent, but also is commands a decreasing fraction of the world's resources and power. As long as you're expanding you can absorb immigration more easily because there's less competition for the existing resources.

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jul 17th, 2007 at 06:44:58 PM EST
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