chapter  2
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Segmented Assimilation and Queuing

Recent studies of income, occupational mobility, occupational attainment, home ownership and unemployment suggest that some groups in the U.S. do not assimilate (i.e., demonstrate characteristics similar to white Americans) even after considerable time and many generations, while some groups assimilate quickly (Alba & Logan, 1992; Portes & Zhou, 1993; Rumbaut, 1997). Groups like the Chinese and the Cubans appear to be particularly advantaged on some measures of incorporation while Puerto Ricans and Vietnamese, for example, appear particularly disadvantaged even after socioeconomic and human capital factors are taken into consideration (Alba & Logan, 1992). Furthermore, the conditions necessary for assimilation-such as economic expansion and reduction in immigrant flows-are less apparent in the U.S. in recent years (Lindstrom & Massey, 1994).