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How Americans and immigrants have changed their views of assimilation

WBEZ’s Odette Yousef shares the story of the Knanaya community in Chicago, and how they’re holding on to some of their most important traditions long after arriving from India. Building on that story, we want to find out how the notion of assimilation has changed for both immigrant groups and Americans over the last 100 years. Have we moved from “melting pot” to “multiculturalism”? Was the push to “be more American” a slap in the face to the native cultures of immigrants? CUNY Sociology professor, Richard Alba, adds context and statistical analysis to this discussion. Photo: Flickr/Jlhopgood

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