Becoming Americanized can be depressing

Becoming Americanized can be depressing

Summary: The Mexican-American population in San Antonio is increasingly Americanized, thus depression should be on the increase.

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TOPICS: IT Employment, CXO
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The Jazz Singer, 1927, starring Al JolsonToday's study of the obvious comes from San Antonio, Texas.

Immigrants who are striving actively to acculturate, or "Americanize," are more depressed than those who stay with the old ways.

Low-income women coming to 8 San Antonio health clinics for pregnancy or post-partum services were interviewed during 2003. U.S. born women, or those who asked to be interviewed in English, were far more likely to be depressed.

This is something as anyone familiar with The Jazz Singer, the very first talking picture, should already know. Acculturating immigrants are being pulled in two directions at once.

Given that the women being studied here were all fairly poor, the problems would be more acute. The natural American pressure to "get ahead," to earn more money, hit the plain fact of poverty. Poverty in America is generally depressing.

Still Marivel Davila, the graduate student who conducted the research, voiced concern, noting that the Mexican-American population in San Antonio is increasingly Americanized, thus depression should be on the increase.

Maybe watching an old movie would help.

Topics: IT Employment, CXO

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  • Reading your blog is depressing.(nt)

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    ShadeTree
    • But profitable (for me)

      Writing to complain in a talkback just puts money in my pocket, mate.
      DanaBlankenhorn
      • .....

        Here some more $$$... thanks for the laugh, your reply to Shade was damn funny! ]:)
        Linux User 147560
        • Why thank you

          Entrepreneurial reporters like those at ZDNet use traffic numbers and TalkBack numbers to tell them what people really want them to write about, not just what they say they want them to write about.

          The two are often quite different.
          DanaBlankenhorn
          • Why thank you

            and its just this kind of blog that makes me wonder why I read this garbage in the first place?
            syberry