Fall 2009 Workshop Meeting Schedule

The workshop schedule for the Fall 2009 semester follows below. All interdisciplinary workshop meetings are on Fridays, 1-2:30pm, in 420 Barrows (the sociology department library room, behind the department office), unless otherwise specified.

September 11, 2009
"In Ireland 'Latin Americans are Kind of Cool'"
Presenter: Helen Marrow
Discussant: Ming Hsu Chen

September 25, 2009
Corporatism, Unemployment and the Representation of Immigrant Interests in Denmark and the Netherlands
Presenter: Akasemi Newsome
Discussant: Loan Le
The Effects of Immigration on Age Structure and Fertility in the United States
Presenter: David Pieper
Discussant: Catherine Berry

October 9, 2009
Acculturation and Early Childbearing in Mexican-American Adolescents: A Systematic Literature Review and Theoretical Critique
Presenter: Dawn Richardson
Discussant: Lizzie Horevitz
Hmong political involvement in Fresno, California and St. Paul, Minnesota.
Presenter: Yang Lor
Discussant: Bao Lo

October 23, 2009
Why Don't They Worry? Lower Levels of Mental Health Distress Among Non-citizen Immigrants Compared to Naturalized Citizens and the U.S. Born Second Generation
Presenter: Catherine Berry
Discussant: Charlotte Chang
Rights, community development, integration and International Migration. Mexican-americans and latinos organizations of Mission District in San Francisco
Presenter: Paula Suarez
Discussant: Akasemi Newsome

November 6, 2009
"Living Land and Labor: Gendered Sojourns in Rural China."
Presenter: Julia Chuang
Discussant: Helen Marrow
"How does migration to the U.S. alter small holder farming in Central American origin areas in the short-term?"
Presenter: Jason Davis
Discussant: Julia Chuang

November 20, 2009
Caught Between Two Worlds: Hmong Youth, Culture, and Socio-Structural Barriers to Integration
Presenter: Bao Lo
Discussant: Dawn Richardson

Studies on the children of post 1965 immigrants recognize that there are various paths to incorporation due to race and class barriers and suggest a strong adherence to traditional immigrant culture and values helps contemporary immigrants achieve integration. These studies acknowledge that there is no longer a single core culture of American society into which these immigrants are assimilating. The concept of segmented assimilation has been used to suggest that the process of assimilation is not as linear, simple or inevitable as classical assimilation suggests. Despite its important contribution to the theoretical debates on immigrant integration, segmented assimilation continues to use a cultural argument, suggesting that immigrant culture can explain and account for immigrant integration. Regardless of whether immigrant culture is present to buffer and mediate youth behaviors, some youth still take a path toward downward assimilation due to race, class and gender barriers. Based on data from two surveys distributed to Hmong youth and interviews with community members, this study examines the role of race, class and gender and their impact on the incorporation of Hmong youth into American society. The Hmong community, whose migration to the United States was a direct consequence of their participation and involvement in the Vietnam War as U.S. allies, provides an important lens to understand the broader conditions that contribute to the incorporation of other racialized, poor immigrants into American society.


"Teachers as human context of reception: Where immigration theory meets teachers' practice in schools."
Presenter: Dafney Blanca Dabach
Discussant: Hamsa Murthy

In this work, I present a framework for examining teachers of immigrant students more closely within schools. Expanding upon Portes and Rumbauts' concept of "contexts of reception" (1996) I argue that we need a new way of analyzing the interactions between immigrants and those in the host society. We must attend to human contexts of reception—those who systematically come into contact with immigrants. This extension of Portes and Rumbaut's concept is also applicable to other fields within Immigration Studies.

December 4, 2009
To Be Determined


Immigration Workshop - Berkeley, CA 94720