Latinos and Cultural Assimilation One issue that frequently comes up during discussions of immigration and persons from other countries and cultures moving to the U.S. is that of assimilation. On a macro level, an emphasis is put on how quickly cultures assimilate into mainstream America. This is often defined by dealing with generations. Do first generation immigrants assimilate? 2nd, etc. The U.S. has a long history of immigrants from many countries coming to America and bringing a portion of their culture, but also joining the mainstream American way of life as well (Huntington, 2004, p. 28). This same issue is present for modern day Latinos. Much has been made, however, about the resistance that Latinos have put forth in joining...The end:
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