The Politics of Diversity: Immigration, Resistance, and Change in Monterey Park, California

The Politics of Diversity: Immigration, Resistance, and Change in Monterey Park, California

by John Horton

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Advertised in Asia as "The Chinese Beverly Hills," this small city minutes east of downtown Los Angeles, became by the late 1970s a regional springboard for a new type of Chinese immigration—suburban and middle class with a diversified and globally-oriented economy. Freed from the isolation of old Chinatowns, new immigrants now confronted resistance from more established Anglo, Asian American, and Latino neighbors, whose opposition took the form of interconnected "English Only" and slow-growth movements.

In The Politics of Diversity, a multiethnic team of researches employ ethnography, interviewing, and exit polls to capture the process of change as newcomers and established residents come to terms with the meaning of diversity and identity in their everyday lives. The result is an engaging grass-roots account of immigration and change: the decline of the loyal old-boy Anglo network; the rise of women, minorities, and immigrants in the political scene; and a transformation of ethnic and American identities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439906422
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 08/17/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

John Horton is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Maps, Tables, and Photographs
Introduction: Multiethnic L.A.
1. From Monterey Park to Little Taipei
2. Building Community at the Grassroots
3. Political Breaks and Transitions
4. The Backlash: Slow Growth and English Only
5. The Struggle for Minority and Immigrant Rights
6. From Nativism to Ethnic and Interethnic Politics
7. Dilemmas of Diversity
8. Crisis of American, Ethnic, and Immigrant Identities
9. Negotiating a Culture of Diversity
10. The Practice and Politics of Diversity

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