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pretty good account of immigrant children
on January 24, 2003
Children of immigrants covers the experiences of children of immigrants and their families through the past few decades when the United States has been receiving immigration from non-European countries and many of these new immigrants are non-English speaking so there are plenty of osbtacles in their way. The authors deal with such important issues of how immigrants arrive in this country. There are some families that come toghether while others may be split up. One spouse may come before the rest of the family or sometimes children are sent to live with family members before their parents come over. The question of identity is important. What culture do the children of immigrants feel closer to? What determines this? There are several factors such as parents, schools, peer groups and the larger society. Education is anouther big topic. Immigrants tend to put a high emphasis on education though immigrant children have varied education achievements. They can often be the best at school or towards the bottom. The authors look at how people such as parents, principals and teachers all affect education for immigrant children.
Over all, a pretty good account of immigrant children.