Two-Cultures? Latino and Asian Language Assimilation along the U.S.-Mexico Border

Antonio Ugues, Keith E Schnakenberg, Bohdan Kolody, Richard Hofstetter, John W. Ayers
2011 California Journal of Politics and Policy  
The assimilation of recent immigrants to the United States has been a topic of considerable debate. Conservative scholars argue that Latinos are developing a Spanish monolingual society on the United States-Mexico border. More progressive scholars maintain that Latinos assimilate at rates similar to other immigrant groups. This study evaluates these claims using responses from a large-representative survey in San Diego, California. We find that Latinos are much less linguistically assimilated
more » ... cally assimilated than Asians and characteristics negatively associated with assimilation are more prevalent among Latinos than Asians. While social-environmental predictors suggest that Latinos are assimilating at slower rates than Asians, Latinos appear to be making steady ground in their assimilation patterns. The findings provide a nuanced perspective falling between disparate accounts of language assimilation.
doi:10.2202/1944-4370.1128 fatcat:x4likof4fjcynkgfheylbjxbk4