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The Next GenerationImmigrant Youth in a Comparative Perspective$
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Richard Alba and Mary C. Waters

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814707425

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814707425.001.0001

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“I Will Never Deliver Chinese Food”

“I Will Never Deliver Chinese Food”

The Children of Immigrants in the New York Metropolitan Labor Force

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The Next Generation

Philip Kasinitz

Noriko Matsumoto

Aviva Zeltzer-Zubida

NYU Press

This chapter uses survey data from the New York Second Generation Study to examine the occupation, industry, and income outcomes of young adults whose parents were immigrants from the Dominican Republic; the Anglophone West Indies; the South American countries of Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru; China; and Russia. All these groups, with the partial exception of Dominican men, are quickly moving into the mainstream economy and away from immigrants' concentrations in ethnic niches. This move makes sense economically, as the incomes of those who do remain in ethnic jobs and firms are much lower than of those who move into more mainstream occupations and industries. These second-generation groups look more like other New Yorkers their age than they do like their immigrant parents, suggesting that a model of straight-line assimilation fits the experience of the second generation in New York better than a model of continued reliance on an ethnic economy.

Keywords:   New York Second Generation Study, mainstream economy, ethnic niches, second-generation groups, straight-line assimilation, ethnic economy

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