A new book by acclaimed Cal State Northridge geographers James Allen and Eugene Turner offers a look at the ethnic landscape of Southern California, and a possible glimpse into the nation's future.
"Changing Faces, Changing Places" is a follow-up and in many ways a companion piece to Allen and Turner's highly touted book, "The Ethnic Quilt: Population Diversity in Southern California," which offers an in-depth examination of racial and ethnic demographics in the Los Angeles area using 1990 U.S. Census information.
Drawing from 2000 Census data, Allen and Turner in their new book paint a picture of the Los Angeles region‹which they characterize as Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange and Ventura counties‹that is both more ethnically mixed and yet separated at the same time.
Among the book's findings:
"Changing Faces, Changing Places" is available in the CSUN Matador Bookstore or through the university's Center for Geographical Studies. To find out more about the book or to buy a copy, visit the web site www.csun.edu/geography/pubs.html or call (818) 677-3527.
- During the 1990s, whites and blacks became more mixed residentially with other groups. The level of black residential separation from whites has dropped steadily since 1970: 50 percent of blacks in Southern California now live in tracts that are less than 20 percent black.
- Latinos, Mexicans, Chinese, Japanese, Koreans and Vietnamese tended to cluster more in neighborhoods (enclaves) with others of their own group than they did in 1990. Such increased clustering characterized groups with higher proportions of recent immigrants, who often want to live near friends and relatives.
- The growth of Asian enclaves in more affluent suburbs is a major trend of the 1990s. Because Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese moving into such neighborhoods have the financial resources to live in many places, it is essentially their choice to live near others in their group. This is strong evidence that in contemporary Southern California, ethnic group clustering in enclaves is more voluntary than coercive.
@csun | December 9, 2002 issue
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