The Historical Nexus Between Immigration and Health

Despite Being Blamed for Bringing Diseases, Immigrants Have Always Brought New Understandings of Health to America

Alan Kraut is a historian at American University who has studied the nexus of immigration and health for many years. Zócalo spoke to Professor Kraut to understand the role history plays in our current understanding of the subject, as well as how he himself has absorbed new concepts of wellness brought to this country by immigrants.

More and More Californians Are Living with Their Grandmas

Once Mostly an Immigrant Practice, Multigenerational Living Reduces Stress and Lengthens Lives

Thump-thump-thump! Thump-thump-thump!

Out on the deck one morning, my 80-year-old mother dribbles her basketball. It’s a pastime she picked up in recent years to maintain her agility. My 7-year-old twins join …

How Understanding Immigrants Could Help All Americans Live Better

Newcomers Have Healthier Habits Than the Native-Born—And Should Be Emulated

Four decades ago—around the time the Office of Management and Budget set guidelines to include questions on Hispanic ethnicity across the whole federal statistical system—researchers began noticing that Latinos seemed …

California Needs Frank Capra to Rewrite Its Story

The Legendary Film Director Knew That the Golden State Isn’t About Rich Moguls, but About the Struggles and Triumphs of Ordinary People

The California story needs a remake.

Get me Capra!

Frank—legendary director of films including It Happened One Night to It’s a Wonderful Life—has been dead since 1991, you say? No matter! Just …

Frank Capra Oversimplified the Italian-American Story

In His Life and Career, the Sicilian-Born Director Absorbed His Adopted Country’s Ambivalence Toward Italians

Frank Capra, the director of It’s a Wonderful Life, called the film his favorite, and even screened it for his own family every holiday season. The movie hit close to …

The 1929 Law That Turned Undocumented Entry Into a Crime

By Treating Migrants as Felons, the Undesirable Aliens Act Reinforced a Punitive Approach to Unauthorized Immigration

Too often, discussions of modern immigration policy are ahistorical, focusing on recent events while ignoring the past policies that led us, as a country, to where we are today.

That’s especially …