5. Scandinavian Immigrants and the Ethnic Other

Land for Salu 2Whether in urban or rural America, Scandinavian immigrants encountered a variety of non-Scandinavian immigrants. Both Scandinavian and non-Scandinavian immigrants were perceived as outsiders and “Ethnic Others” by “Americans” in the context of the “New World.” Yet, Scandinavian and non-Scandinavian immigrants alike also looked upon each other as “Ethnic Others”. Through Scandinavian encounters with the “Ethnic Other,” and how Scandinavians themselves were perceived as the “Ethnic Other,” this stream will explore how Scandinavian immigrants, as they became “Scandinavian Americans,” crafted new narratives in and of a multicultural society.

 

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