In America, a country renowned for its multiculturalism and characterized as a
melting pot of ethnicities, religions, and cultures, it is common to see people of varying
ethnic and religious backgrounds mingling together in stores, banks, and restaurants or on
sidewalks, buses, and trains. Particularly in big cities with thriving immigrant populations,
like New York, Chicago, and Miami, the sight of someone in unusual dress or sporting a
particular hairstyle or head covering is no great cause for a double-take. Certainly, the effort
to understand and engage with these American transplants' commitment to maintain their
religious or ethnic dress and custom in their adopted country involves an entire field of
research and study. Indeed, many sociologists, anthropologists, and historians spend their
lives charting the path of American immigrants as they integrate into American society while
holding onto their cultural backgrounds.
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