Finding Niches in a New Land

Industrious Arrivals Create Mini-Monopolies As They Gravitate to Familiar Fields

"What country is this?" Many bemused Americans might ask that question as they go about their work and play. Whether shopping for vegetables among the hundreds of Korean-run greengroceries in Manhattan, or stopping for the night at one of the innumerable Indian-owned hotels in California, Americans are increasingly finding that entire businesses have acquired a foreign-born flavor. Indeed, through a process that is at times too slow to be noticed and at others astonishingly quick, industrious newcomers have been carving out miniature monopolies for themselves in corners of the U.S. economy.

The latest immigrants are following an arduous and traditional path...

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