Are Immigrants California’s Secret to Healthy Living?
From Sushi to Sriracha to Schwarzenegger, Newcomers Have Redefined the Good Life
What makes California the very picture of healthy living? It’s neither sunshine nor silicone implants.
Our health secret is actually immigration.
While the President and others falsely blame immigrants for being sources of disease (including smallpox, which was eradicated in 1980), Californians have long known that immigrants make us healthier.
And those health benefits go far beyond the so-called “immigrant health advantage,” the term for the research finding that new arrivals to this country are healthier than those of us born here. Throughout our state’s history, immigrants have adapted cultural practices and introduced …