The ``new Americans'' are from Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, and their assimilation into our culture with retention of their cultural identity is the visual subject of photographer Steltzer. Her focus is southern California, and in five chapters she portrays the immigrants at work and play. In their own words, they relate their individual stories. The photographs are more realistic than artful, yet the brief narratives are worthwhile in recording the immigrant experience. A valuable contribution to understanding the varying heritages which comprise our national culture.-- Boyd Childress, Auburn Univ. Lib., Ala.