Convergence or divergence in Los Angeles: three distinctive ethnic patterns of immigrant residential assimilation

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College College of Social & Behavioral Science
Department Family & Consumer Studies
Creator Yu, Zhou; Myers, Dowell
Title Convergence or divergence in Los Angeles: three distinctive ethnic patterns of immigrant residential assimilation
Date 2006-01-11
Description This paper uses census microdata to examine five aspects of residential assimilation in the greater Los Angeles area. A double cohort method is used to separate the effect of duration in the U.S. from the effect of aging. We track a single arrival cohort that came in 1970-79, and analyze the processes and determinants of their residential assimilation between 1990 and 2000. Groups compared are Mexican, Korean and Chinese immigrants, along with a common reference group of native-born, non-Hispanic whites. We find that while the Mexicans follow the traditional path of residential assimilation, they are more likely to reside in ethnic districts once they become homeowners. The Chinese are most unusual, locating in the suburbs and attaining very high homeownership soon after arrival, but moving into areas of co-ethnics over time. The Koreans exhibit a strong preference for urban lifestyle, often remaining in the city and renting in districts with whites and Latinos. Residential assimilation is a multifaceted process and the dynamics of residential adjustment are much more complex than previously revealed.
Type Text
Publisher Elsevier
Subject Residential assimilation; Immigrants; Cohort; Los Angeles; Homeownership
Subject LCSH Americanization; Assimilation (Sociology)
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Forthcoming in Social Science Research: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/0049089X
Rights Management Copyright Elsevier. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/0049089X
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Date Created 2012-06-13
Date Modified 2012-06-13
ID 703259
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6bz6q6x
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