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February 24, 2004

"Besos!"

The Hispanic Challenge by Sam Huntington.

Update: Matt Yglesias has linked to this article too, and he's kind of harsh on it. Many of his readers are polarized, though they tend to agree with Matt from what I've seen. I don't think there is a binary division here, as in:

A) that was then, this is now.
B) that was then, this is then.

The immigrant experience has both changed and remained the same. There are salient points on both sides.

Let me add something that I've noticed from my own personal perspective.

I have 3 siblings. One is 4 years younger than me and was also born in Bangladesh. The other two are elementary and early middle school age and were born in the United States. My younger siblings are more "culturally aware" and plugged into being South Asian and Muslim than either my somewhat younger brother or I (the Islam related forwards from my sister are starting to get on my nerves). Many factors account for this, but the combination of the growth of the Muslim South Asian community in the past generation, cheaper flights and telecommunications as well as a native culture that has nurtured and encouraged their differences (in the aim to foster diversity) are just a few of the changes in the past 20 years.

Posted by razib at 05:17 PM