In this essay, humorist Gustavo Arellano looks at the past and present state of relations between Asians and Latinos in California to offer a glimpse of the future for Californians in the Pacific world. He suggests that foreign investment from Latin America and Asia will increasingly turn California into a global crossroad for the world economy, which it has been for a long time already; remittances back home will help modernize countries of origin, while residents here will influence politics there—and in California too. Bilingualism and multiculturalism won’t be so exotic by the twenty-second century, but rather the only way for California and America to survive.

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