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View Poll Results: What is the most unassimilated immigrant community in America?
Miami Cubans 11 14.10%
Dearborn Arabs /Detroit area 34 43.59%
Rio Grande Valley Mexicans 13 16.67%
Southern California Mexicans 5 6.41%
San Francisco Chinese 8 10.26%
Boston Irish 1 1.28%
New Jersey Italians 1 1.28%
Louisiana French / Cajuns 1 1.28%
Upper Midwest Germans 2 2.56%
Hawaii Japanese 2 2.56%
Voters: 78. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-18-2017, 10:01 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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I know some people might find this question somewhat politically incorrect but I'm legitimately curious about what y'all think.

Taking into account things like language, customs, insularity of the community, what its like for someone outside this group to move in, etc.

I'm going to limit this to the US and not include cases like French Canada.
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Old 03-19-2017, 07:21 AM
 
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I think by and large from what I have seen over the years that the varying Hispanic communities seem less inclined to assimilate into the general population than most immigrant groups. That used to be more true of the Chinese but it seems to be less prevalent as evidenced by the consistent loss of Chinatown neighborhoods over the years, as many are losing population rapidly.
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Old 03-19-2017, 08:03 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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It is mainly 1st-generation immigrants who don't assimilate as well in the U.S. That is understandable. By the 2nd (and certainly by the 3rd) generation, nearly everybody assimilates.

I don't know any 2nd-generation Americans who can't speak English.
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Old 03-19-2017, 08:42 AM
 
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It is mainly 1st-generation immigrants who don't assimilate as well in the U.S. That is understandable. By the 2nd (and certainly by the 3rd) generation, nearly everybody assimilates.

I don't know any 2nd-generation Americans who can't speak English.
I'd say its the Scotts-Irish of Appalachia, who have resiliently maintained their isolationism and culture since the late 1700s. The next most unassimilated are the Amish and Mennonite communities.

The rest of the immigrant communities seem to be assimilating right on schedule, and by the 2nd and later generations are marrying and mixing with other religious and ethnic groups.
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Old 03-19-2017, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Florida
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It must be Somalis in Minnesota or Muslim arabs in Dearborn (many Dearborn arabs are christian). Religion plays a big role in keeping groups separated.
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Old 03-19-2017, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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I can't imagine what motivated this thread, so I didn't vote. But to each his/her own.
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Old 03-19-2017, 10:36 AM
 
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A lot of Hispanics in Miami are not really assimilated, however Miami itself is a weird case since you have a lot of wealthy expats from Latin America (ie Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, etc) who live there either part time or just own a second house/condo there for investment purposes and have no intention of moving into the US on a permanent basis.
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Old 03-19-2017, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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The Amish-Lancaster, Pennsylvania

The Pink Nuns-Philadelphia
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Old 03-19-2017, 12:08 PM
 
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Hassidic Jews in New York maybe?

With immigrants in general, the 1st generation tends not to fully assimilate, but their children always do.
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Old 03-19-2017, 12:10 PM
 
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It is mainly 1st-generation immigrants who don't assimilate as well in the U.S. That is understandable. By the 2nd (and certainly by the 3rd) generation, nearly everybody assimilates.

I don't know any 2nd-generation Americans who can't speak English.
I totally agree.
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