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Unformatted text preview: eness has not been a viable option. Asians, Latinos, and others today must navigate a
ﬂuid, ever-evolving position in the American race system.
Latinos and Asians are also experiencing new and different racial problems than those that
dominated our nation during the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. The
sheer diversity within these groups has given rise to strong intra-group differences
between those who are perceived to be doing well such as Cubans or Japanese and those
who are perceived as doing poorly, such as Dominicans or Hmong. In this landscape,
language and cultural issues interact with race in ways that are unique to particular groups.
This framework is also helpful in examining the impact of immigration and rapidly
changing demographics on disadvantaged communities. Many poor urban neighborhoods
have been shaped by the historic oppression of people of color and the resistance to that
oppression. The inﬂux of poor immigrants from Latin America, Asia, and Africa both
intensiﬁes historic issues of oppression and racism and adds new layers of complexity to
them. One of these is cultural and political rivalry between old and new re...
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This document was uploaded on 02/06/2014.
- Spring '14