by Ayano Tsukada
New York City is a city of minorities and immigrants. Unlike other cities like Los Angeles or Miami where one ethnic group makes up majority of the immigrant population, New York receives immigrants from all over the world. Their identities vary among the ethnic groups as well as within the groups. Here I would like to focus on second-generation Black Immigrants in New York City because they become invisible in two ways:
- The government does not track the second-generation of immigrants (They become Americans officially);
- The second-generation immigrants lack their parents’ distinctive accents and they look very similar to native-born Black American.
If they don’t tell their ethnicity, they can easily be seen as native-born Black Americans or act like native-born Black Americans.
But they don’t react to this situation in a same way. They adopt different types of racial and ethnic identities. Mary Waters, in her…
View original post 288 more words