Ethnic Heritage and Cultural Pluralism in the USA

Ethnic Heritage and Cultural Pluralism in the USA

The paper discusses two forms of ethnic identification in American society: the cultural world to which immigrants and socially and economically marginal racial groups cling and the “new ethnics” who utilized ethnic awareness to fulfill emotional or pragmatic goals. The climate of ethnic awareness in the American political and academic arenas leads the author to favor new (or renewed) practical measures for pastoral care of newly arrived immigrants in order to integrate them into the Church while retaining their cultural heritage.