Los Angeles in the Context of the New Immigration

This paper was delivered as the keynote address at the January 17-18, 1997, conference on Ethnic Los Angeles at the University of California at Los Angeles. The book entitled Ethnic Los Angeles was published in 1996 by the Russell Sage Foundation and edited by Roger Waldinger and Mehdi Bozorgmehr. As this paper points out, the subject matter of Ethnic Los Angeles is immigration but its title is “ethnicity.” The paper further elaborates on the theme of the transformation of immigrants from various groups into ethnics in Los Angeles and their processes of adaptation and entry into the mainstream of their adopted country.

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