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Old 10-09-2008, 07:54 AM
 
Location: New England
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Correction: New York and the Miami/Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area have the largest Caribbean populations in the US.
Correction: Not the highest *concentration* of said people. The facts are what has been stated...it's common knowledge.
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Old 10-09-2008, 08:10 AM
 
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Other dissenting opinion, but it is done out of kindness, not anger. When Italians first came to the US, at the end/beginning of the past centuries, neither they nor their host country valued high school education. It was simply not an option but for a minority of families. When they secondly came to America, they were running from wars that had put almost the entire continent to its knees. Americans may have been into a depression after one of those wars, but their houses and factories were still standing. Thirdly, those Italians who immigrated back then were the poorest in my country. Now, think about your poorest communities, in the US, those without a degree, those from families who have it hard putting food on the table, much less thinking about college, and picture them immigrating to Europe today. They would probably live a life closer to that of our other immigrants rather than that of the wealthy Europeans.

Finally, as you study the reasons why Italians may have taken a longer time to assimilate compared to other ethnicities (did they? because if you compare them to Irish, well, the language may have had a role), you may want to look into their cultural identity and values more than into where they put their priorities in term of education. Where family place education depends on where they stand economically. Why they stick together depends on what they value, how important it is to them transfer their traditions and values to their children.

Well, we could go on from here, but the original question asked for a different discussion. As a last thought, I am always very saddened by how easily some threads turn into anger catalysts. I know we live in tough time, but I could accept anger to pervade Haiti right now, not Connecticut. There is no reason for it.
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Old 10-09-2008, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Storrs, CT
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Other dissenting opinion, but it is done out of kindness, not anger. When Italians first came to the US, at the end/beginning of the past centuries, neither they nor their host country valued high school education. It was simply not an option but for a minority of families. When they secondly came to America, they were running from wars that had put almost the entire continent to its knees. Americans may have been into a depression after one of those wars, but their houses and factories were still standing. Thirdly, those Italians who immigrated back then were the poorest in my country. Now, think about your poorest communities, in the US, those without a degree, those from families who have it hard putting food on the table, much less thinking about college, and picture them immigrating to Europe today. They would probably live a life closer to that of our other immigrants rather than that of the wealthy Europeans.

Finally, as you study the reasons why Italians may have taken a longer time to assimilate compared to other ethnicities (did they? because if you compare them to Irish, well, the language may have had a role), you may want to look into their cultural identity and values more than into where they put their priorities in term of education. Where family place education depends on where they stand economically. Why they stick together depends on what they value, how important it is to them transfer their traditions and values to their children.

Well, we could go on from here, but the original question asked for a different discussion. As a last thought, I am always very saddened by how easily some threads turn into anger catalysts. I know we live in tough time, but I could accept anger to pervade Haiti right now, not Connecticut. There is no reason for it.
I'm just writing to let you kno that I read ur comment and I will take your points into consideration.
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Old 10-10-2008, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Dorchester
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After me,
Hooray for diversity!
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Old 10-11-2008, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Hartford has the second largest Puerto Rican population in the United States and third largest Caribbean population in the U.S.
Wow, that's amazing! The diversity must be buzzing!
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Old 10-12-2008, 01:03 AM
 
Location: Cheshire, Conn.
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Wow, that's amazing! The diversity must be buzzing!
Perhaps as a percentage...certainly not in pure numbers!
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Old 10-12-2008, 11:22 PM
 
Location: Storrs, CT
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Diversity is buzzing in most of Connecticut's largest cities. And just because one area has a large number of 1 ethnicity, I don't think it means that the place is "diverse". I think diverse means that it has alot of cultures; like a melting pot.
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Old 10-13-2008, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Western Mass
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A lot of the immediate suburbs of Hartford are very diverse as well.
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Old 10-13-2008, 07:40 PM
 
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I found, after living in and around the hispanic community for years, that in Bridgeport there is a large Puerto Rican and Central American population. In the Valley area (Derby, Ansonia, Shelton), there is a huge South American population. So, large they had their own soccer league and club.
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Old 10-14-2008, 09:18 AM
 
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When I moved to Ct nine years ago, I thought it would be a plus . I moved in to a very nice part of town close to the Long Island sound. Within a few days I learned that I moved next to a convicted felon "Latin Kings" Cocaine dealer from Columbia and his lovely non English speaking family (Only Around Americans ).

He had served three years upstate, and did the least time out of his fellow group, some are still incarcerated. I'm sure that this beauty purchase his home with the proceeds from his hard work, and skilled labor . He now runs a landscaping business serving fairfield county, again financed from the sweat of his labors. I'm glad I installed a fence to keep his unleashed dog from crapping all over my lawn. Viva America! I think...


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I love watching the show "gangland" on A&E, and yesterday they had a show on a gang called "los solidos", i had no idea that Connecticut had such a large hispanic population, just curious, what does the hispanic population consist of, mostly mexicans?puerto ricans? salvadoreans? just curious, WOW i had such a misconception of the state of connecticut.
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