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Greeted With SmilesBukharian Jewish Music and Musicians in New York$
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Evan Rapport

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199379033

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199379033.001.0001

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Adapting Bukharian Jewish Musical Life to Multicultural New York

Adapting Bukharian Jewish Musical Life to Multicultural New York

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(p.34) 2 Adapting Bukharian Jewish Musical Life to Multicultural New York
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Greeted With Smiles
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Evan Rapport

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199379033.003.0003

Upon immigration to New York at the end of the twentieth century, Bukharian Jews encountered a landscape defined by multiculturalist “mosaic” ideologies. Through music, Bukharian Jews and other ‘new New Yorkers’ sought to define themselves as a distinct ethnic group in relation to the questions of identity, ethnicity, and nationality they perceived. Their choices reflect a broader shift from a “melting pot” assimilationist ideology to pluralistic “mosaic” ideology among Jewish Americans; however, they still engage the legacy of the melting pot and the desire to adapt to broader American and Jewish identities.

Keywords:   multiculturalism, immigration, New York, ethnicity, Jewish identity

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