One of the key themes in this last chapter is that relationships between minority and majority groups change over time. It is a fluid and dynamic process. There are multiple factors that determine the pattern of integration of an immigrant group: the country of origin and the ongoing relationship that a group is able to maintain with their homeland; the social-economic status of their homeland and its trade status with the majority group; the number of generations of that minority group that have existed. The three generation hypothesis by Pulitzer Prize winner Marcus Hansen suggests that although often groups may initially tend to try to blend in or assimilate into a majority culture to develop stability in the new homeland, often by the third generation, economic and social status has stabilized, creating fertile ground for a regenesis of interest in the culture. Many debates and research projects have ensured to test this proposal.
Pick a minority group that you may want to read about further. What have you read regarding retention of its cultural values and traditions? Do you have any personal observations? Perhaps even consider some of the sit-coms and plays: what images are being portrayed? Sanford and Sons and Archie Bunker are 2 examples still on television with stereotypical images to make a point.