Hispanics a Melding of Cultures

Latins, the Largest New Group, Are Making Their Presence Felt

The Yakima Valley of southern Washington is 1,000 miles from the Mexican border. But so many former migrants have settled there after coming north to $ pick the valley's apples, pears and cherries that no one thought it odd when the governor of the Mexican state of Michoacan made a speech to them last spring over the local Spanish-language radio station. The governor, or so went the local joke, was only trying to stay in touch with his constituents.

Union City, N.J., is 1,300 miles from Cuba. But refugees from Fidel Castro's island so dominate the community that a service organization...

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