Up Sucker Creek

Up Sucker Creek
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

One nation, or eleven?

Do people bring with them the cultural attitudes of their old cultures when they migrate from one nation to another, or do they adopt the culture and attitudes of the new one?  Has Oregon changed with the in-migration of people from mainly California in the last 30+ years and again with young immigrants from all over the United States in the last decade?

It seems that growing up in Portland, prior to the 1970s, it was defined by a mixture of New England Puritanism from Boston, and rugged individualism and self-reliance from early pioneers.  This culture seems to be long gone, or declining along with an aging generation.  Are immigrants assimilating, or do they change their new home to be more like their past?  How has Oregon changed?
What do you think?

Which of the 11 American nations do you live in? 
Washington Post, November 8, 2013  By Reid Wilson

Red states and blue states? Flyover country and the coasts? How simplistic. Colin Woodard, a reporter at the Portland Press Herald and author of several books, says North America can be broken neatly into 11 separate nation-states, where dominant cultures explain our voting behaviors and attitudes toward everything from social issues to the role of government.

Up in Arms
Tufts University Press, by Colin Woodard

There’s never been an America, but rather several Americas—each a distinct nation. There are eleven nations today. Each looks at violence, as well as everything else, in its own way. - See more at: http://www.tufts.edu/alumni/magazine/fall2013/features/up-in-arms.html#.dpuf

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