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18 December 2009
by andrew

points of origins

You know those stories about immigrants having their names changed, not by their own choice, upon arrival at Ellis Island or other points of entry? I hadn’t given them much thought, but it turns out that most of the stories, … Continue reading

24 November 2008
by andrew
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the fabric of society

It seems like Cory Booker is channeling Randolph Bourne (via): [vodpod id=Groupvideo.1793410&w=425&h=350&fv=autoPlay%3Dfalse] From Bourne’s “Trans-National America” (in the July 1916 Atlantic): The foreign cultures have not been melted down or run together, made into some homogeneous Americanism, but have remained … Continue reading

18 November 2008
by andrew
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only in America a democracy

With the talk of Obama’s election being something that could only happen in America, it’s no surprise to find people pointing out that, well, not only could “it” – meaning a similar electoral victory, of course – happen elsewhere, but … Continue reading

26 September 2008
by andrew

grandmother clause

My Swiss-born grandmother came to the US in the 1920s when she was a kid. Some of her relatives were already in the US; not all of them stayed for their entire lives. She went back to Europe at least … Continue reading

26 July 2008
by andrew
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in search of a better wage

I guess some American workers are going abroad, after all: As a restricted free agent in a market where nobody has cap space, he had no way to earn more than the midlevel exemption unless Atlanta decided to feel generous. … Continue reading

21 July 2008
by andrew

the other side of outsourcing

Following up on my recent immigration/emigration post: it appears that the U.S. economic slowdown is leading American jobs lost overseas to be lost – overseas: That does not mean the emerging world is buffered completely, particularly if both the United … Continue reading

17 July 2008
by andrew

a nation of immigrants

I’ve been wondering for some time if there’s a chance that if there’s a prolonged economic downturn, a significant number of Americans won’t just see their jobs moved overseas, they’ll begin to follow them. I’m sure it’s extremely unlikely: a … Continue reading