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National or International Capital? The African Immigrant Presence in Washington, DC
 
National or International Capital?
The African Immigrant Presence in Washington, DC

Washington DC is the place to come to in the United States to look for all those exotic artifacts, art, music, food and people from all over the world who are attracted to the city by varying "pull factors."

African immigrants have come to mark their presence in the national capital, adding to its qualification as an international capital. The numbers and impact of African immigrants was not significant in this city about four decades ago. Almost all African countries were under the colonial yoke until the early 1960s which partly explains the non-existent presence of African immigrants. African diplomats were also unknown in Washington four decades ago. The diplomats' presence tends to open up the flow of immigrants to the Washington DC metro area.

For the last twenty years or so, the African immigrant to the USA has traditionally been a student or a diplomat, the latter being particularly specific to this city.



 
  
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The Beginning of a Virtual Community for ASA Members
  The Beginning of a Virtual Community for ASA Members

ASA is pleased to announce the introduction of ASA Online Member Services on the ASA website. The ASA Member Area, accessible at www.asanet.org/memarea, provides the foundation for creating a "virtual community" for ASA members.

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Council Appoints New ASA Editors
  Council Appoints New ASA Editors

During their respective meetings in December 1999 and January 2000, the ASA Committee on Publications recommended, and ASA Council approved, new editors for Contemporary Sociology, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Psychology Quarterly, Sociological Methodology, and the Rose Series in Sociology. The new journal editors' official terms will begin in January 2001, with editorial transitions taking place in late summer 2000. For the Rose Series, the new editors will begin immediately.

 
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