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The data include 179 interviews with third-plus-generation (US-born of US-born parents) living in three different San Francisco Bay Area locales: East Palo Alto, Cupertino, and Berryessa (San Jose). The respondents include individuals from a range of ethnoracial and class backgrounds. Respondents answer questions about their experiences and perceptions of immigration-driven changes, including, but not limited to: perceptions of American national identity; ethnoracial intergroup relations; social network composition; and knowledge and use of ethnoracial culture.

Principal Investigator: 

Tomás Jiménez

Funding Agency: 

National Science Foundation (SES-1121281)
Institute for Research in the Social Sciences at Stanford
United Parcel Service Endowment Fund at Stanford
American Sociological Association Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline

How to Cite this Dataset: 

Jiménez, Tomás R. 2017. Other Side of Assimilation [Computer files]. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Libraries.

Contact Email: 


I thank Adam L. Horowitz and Maneka Brooks for their help conducting these interviews.



individuals who are US-born of US-born parents who are 15 years of age and older

Unit of Analysis: 


Type of data collection: 

in-depth interview

Time span: 


Geographic coverage: 

East Palo Alto, CA; Cupertino, CA; Berryessa, CA

Sample description: 

The sample consists of individuals who:

  1. lived in either East Palo Alto, Cupertino, or Berryessa;
  2. were born in the United States to US-born parents;
  3. were 15 years of age and older.

The respondents come from a range of class and ethnoracial backgrounds.

Data Use Agreement

  1. The data I download from the Data Archive will not be used to identify individuals.
  2. I will not charge a fee for the data if I distribute it to others.
  3. I will inform the contact person for each dataset about work I do using their dataset. 
    (This helps us keep an accurate bibliography. See each data page for its contact email.)
  4. I will cite the data appropriately.
    (See each data page for its bibliographic citation.)

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Data Notes

The data have been de-identified to preserve the anonymity of respondents. Omitted identifying information has been replaced with anonymized nouns. For example, if a respondent mentions the specific name of the technology company at which she works, the name of the campany has been replaced with "[TECHNOLOGY COMPANY]."

File name corresponds to the city in which the respondents live and the interview number, such that: Cuper=Cupertino, EPA=East Palo Alto, Berry=Berryessa.



Jiménez, Tomás R. 2017. The Other Side of Assimilation: How Immigrants are Changing American Life. Oakland, CA: University of California Press.

Jiménez, Tomás R. 2016. “Fade to Black: Multiple Symbolic Boundaries in ‘Black/Brown’ Contact.” DuBois Review. 13(1): 159-180.

Jiménez, Tomás R. and Adam L. Horowitz. 2015. “Whitewashing Academic Mediocrity.” Contexts, 14(3): 38-43

Jiménez, Tomás R., Corey Fields, Ariela Schachter. 2015. “How Ethnoraciality Matters: The View Inside Ethnoracial “Groups.’” Social Currents. 2(2): 107-115.

Jiménez, Tomás R. and Adam L. Horowitz. “When White is Just Alright: How Immigrants Redefine Achievement and Reconfigure the Ethnoracial Hierarchy.” American Sociological Review, 78(5): 849-871