New Census Data Require Assumption Shifts

I was on the bus the other day, on my way into downtown San Francisco, and two young white guys were talking next to me.  As they spoke, they used more than a few Spanish words — though highly Anglicized — in their casual conversation.  It surprised me a little, only because their use of language didn’t conform to what I assumed I would hear from them.

When I told a friend of mine who teaches Spanish at a private high school here, he said the use of Spanglish is now fairly mainstream and is the result of both the “Dora effect” — that is, the impact of “Dora the Explorer” on a generation of kids who grew up with her — and the fact that there are now so many Latino and mixed-race kids in California. Read More »