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  •  I've noticed that, too (10+ / 0-)

    Not a whole lot of "mixing"; people arriving in different cohorts were pretty insular.  It's mostly only in the last 150 years or so that I've noticed that loosening up a little.

    Except maybe the French, who seem to arrive and adapt a little more.  But maybe I'm wrong about that...

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    by Land of Enchantment on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 07:12:36 PM PST

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    •  I read somewhere about the insularity (8+ / 0-)

      Doesn't matter what country they came from -- Norway, Italy, Vietnam, China. The first generation (the immigrants) tend to move to towns or neighborhoods in the U.S. with similar people who speak the language of the old country (and they even segregate by region of the country, so for example the Northern Italians might not mix with Southern Italians or Sicilians). They go there because their friends or relatives are there. Often they're insular/split by religion or politics, too.

      The second generation tends to grow up speaking English (and usually the parents' language as well). But they usually marry someone from within the same ethnic group and religion or region.

      It's not until you get to the third or fourth generation that the kids start to marry outside their ethnic/religious group.

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      by Dbug on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 09:02:31 PM PST

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