Author looks at changing face of America

01/20/09 Mitch E. Perry
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In the words of Atlantic Magazine, the election of Barack Obama is just the most startling manifestation of a larger trend: the gradual erosion of "whiteness" as the touchstone of what it means to be American.

In the current issue, music critic and Vassar Professor Hua Hsu’s cover story entitled “The End of White America?” reflects on a report by the U.S. Census Bureau, that those groups currently categorized as racial minorities - blacks and Latinos, East Asians and South Asians – will account for a majority of the U.S. population by the year 2042.

Hsu writes that as a purely demographic matter, the white America that has dominated the country since its inception may cease to exist in the next 30 to 40 years, but where the culture is concerned, it’s already "all but finished." We began our interview by asking him to elaborate on that thought.

We’ll air the 2nd part of this interview later this week on the Evening News.

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