The Invention of Ethnicity in the United States & Race, Nation, Culture in Recent Immigration Studies (Reading Blog #9)

In The Invention of Ethnicity in the United States, the main point that they got across is that mass immigration is persistently a theme in American history. Some scholars,  however,  have emphasized on immigrants resistance to assimilation. Cozen explains that ethnic social groups in America are formed when immigrants move here without the sole purpose of integration. This would also lead to the development of ethnic neighborhoods in large cities,  like New York,  Boston,  and Chicago.  Race,  Nation, Culture in Recent Immigration Studies,  by George Sanchez, mostly covers the same thing as the previous reading. However, Sanchez looks deeper into modern issues regarding immigration and race. Sanchez recalls that once the sweatshops were discovered, the march toward equal,  fair,  and safer working conditions had begun. At the time,  most of the working conditions that these immigrants had suffered under were unfair and inhumane,  especially for Latino and Asian workers. Most of the unfair working conditions would lead to the formation of labor unions and the push of major civil rights legislation.

Race and immigration,  at times, may be different,  but in the end, they are one in the same.  It is nearly impossible to talk about one without talking about the other. Personally, I think that we need to continue this conversation.

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