Friday, September 18, 2009

Weekly Immigration News

New S.F. high school nurtures immigrant youth
(San Francisco Chronicle, September 14, 2009)
Educating recent immigrants is one of the hardest jobs in the public school system. They often lag academically behind their American peers and don't have a grasp of English. "These kids have a triple job: They have to learn English; they have to learn (high school) content; they have to learn a new culture," said the network's executive director, Claire Sylvan. The success "comes from very hard work," she said.

Ask About the Gentrification of Chinatown
(New York Times "City Room" blog, September 14, 2009)
This week, Peter Kwong, a Hunter College professor and author of several books on Chinatown, is responding to readers’ questions about the decline of New York’s Chinatown as a viable living, working and shopping area for new immigrants because of job loss and gentrification since the late 1990s.

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