The Changing Face of Home: The Transnational Lives of the Second Generation / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
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The children of immigrants account for the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population under eighteen years oldone out of every five children in the United States. Will this generation of immigrant children follow the path of earlier waves of immigrants and gradually assimilate into mainstream American life, or does the global nature of the contemporary world mean that the trajectory of today's immigrants will be fundamentally different? Rather than severing their ties to their home countries, many immigrants today sustain economic, political, and religious ties to their homelands, even as they work, vote, and pray in the countries that receive them. The Changing Face of Home is the first book to examine the extent to which the children of immigrants engage in such transnational practices.
Because most second generation immigrants are still young, there is much debate among immigration scholars about the extent to which these children will engage in transnational practices in the future. While the contributors to this volume find some evidence of transnationalism among the children of immigrants, they disagree over whether these activities will have any long-term effects. Part I of the volume explores how the practice and consequences of transnationalism vary among different groups. Contributors Philip Kasinitz, Mary Waters, and John Mollenkopf use findings from their large study of immigrant communities in New York City to show how both distance and politics play important roles in determining levels of transnational activity. For example, many Latin American and Caribbean immigrants are "circular migrants" spending much time in both their home countries and the United States, while Russian Jews and Chinese immigrants have far less contact of any kind with their homelands.
In Part II, the contributors comment on these findings, offering suggestions for reconceptualizing the issue and bridging analytical differences. In her chapter, Nancy Foner makes valuable comparisons with past waves of immigrants as a way of understanding the conditions that may foster or mitigate transnationalism among today's immigrants. The final set of chapters examines how home and host country value systems shape how second generation immigrants construct their identities, and the economic, social, and political communities to which they ultimately express allegiance.
The Changing Face of Home presents an important first round of research and dialogue on the activities and identities of the second generation vis-a-vis their ancestral homelands, and raises important questions for future research.
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About the Author
PEGGY LEVITT is assistant professor of sociology, Wellesley College.
MARY C. WATERS is professor of sociology, Harvard University.
CONTRIBUTORS: Merih Anil, Susan Eckstein, Yen Le Espiritu, Nancy Foner, Georges E. Fouron, Nina Glick-Schiller, Michael Jones-Correa, Philip Kasinitz, Nazli Kibria, Peggy Levitt, Andrea Louie, John H. Mollenkopf, Joel Perlmann, Ruben G. Rumbaut, Robert C. Smith, Thom Tran, Reed Ueda, Milton Vickerman, Mary C. Waters, and Diane L. Wolf.
Table of Contents
Introduction Peggy Levitt and Mary C Waters 1 PART.1 - HISTORICAL, EMPIRICAL, AND 77EORFTICAL PERSPECON ES Chapter 1 An Early Transnationalism? The Japanese American Second Generation of Hawaii in the Interwar Years 33 Reed Ueda Chapter 2 evered or Sustained Attachments? Language, Identity, and Imagined Communities in the Post-Immigrant Generation 43 Ruben G. Rumbaut Chapter 3 Transnationalism and the Children of Immigrants in Contemporary New York 96 Philip Kasinitz, Mary C. Waters, John H. Mollenkopf, and Merib Anil Chavpter 4 The Ties That Change: Relations to the Ancestral Home over the Life Cycle 123 Peggy Levitt Chapter 5 Life Course, Generation, and Social Location as Factors Shaping Second- Generation Transnational Life 145 Robert C. Smith Chapter 6 The Generation of Identity: Redefining the Second Generation Within a Transnational Social Field 168 Georges E. Fouron and Nina Glick-Schiller PART QUES77TIONING SOME UDERL YING ASSUMPTIONS Chapter 7 On Deconstructing and Reconstructing the Meaning of Immigrant Generations 211 Susan Eckstein Chapter 8 Second-Generation Transnationalism 216 Joel Perlmann Chapter 9 The Study of Transnationalism Among the Children of Immigrants: Where We Are and Where We Should Be Headed 221 Michael Jones-Correa Chapter 10 Second-Generation Transnationalism, Then and Now 242 Nancy Foner PART III USING A TRANSNATIiONAL LENS TO uNDERSTAND THE CHILDREN OF IMMIGRANYS Chapter 11 There's No Place Like "Home": Emotional Transnationalism and the Struggles of Second-Generation Filipinos 255 Diane L Wolf Chapter 12 Of Blood, Belonging, and Homeland Trips: Transnationalism and Identity Among Second-Generation Chinese and Korean Americans 295 Nazli Kibria Chapter '3 Creating Histories ftor the Present "Second-Generation (Re)definitions of Chinese American Culture 312 Andrea Louie Chaptr 14 Second-Gueneration 11est Indian Transnationanism 341 Mitton Vic kenman Chapte 15 Vt Nam, Nido T'i" (Vietnam, My Country): Vietnamese Americans and Transnationalism 367 Yen Le Fspiritu and Thorn Tran