The Changing Face of America: Just Look Down Broadway

"Just Look Down Broadway. That Guy Is Indian, Next to Him Is a Greek, Next to Him Is a Thai . . ."

"These States are the amplest poem,

Here is not merely a nation but a teeming Nation of


-- Walt Whitman

Reina came from El Salvador because of "horrible things." She says simply, "I got scared." When she finally reached Los Angeles and found a job as a housekeeper at $125 a week, her new employer pointed to the vacuum cleaner. Vacuum cleaner? Reina, 24, had never seen such a thing before. "She gave me a maid book and a dictionary," says Reina, who now writes down and looks up every new word she hears. "That's how I learn English. I...

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