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Ethnic Identity and Assimilation of Second-Generation Hungarian-Americans in New Brunswick, New Jersey

Date: 11/27/2012

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Location: 308 Elmer L. Andersen Library

Cost: Free


By the second half of the 1930s, a second generation of Hungarian-Americans grew up and began formulating and expressing its Hungarian identity in a way fundamentally different from that of their parents. Olah's work focuses on the analysis of New Brunswick (New Jersey) second-generation Hungarian-Americans as a case study to reveal individual and structural factors (such as family background, education, religion, marriage patterns, name changes, language competence, etc.) that either accelerate or delay a group’s assimilation. Her thesis shows that these children deliberately preserved their immigrant community values and solidarity, while gradually starting their economic and social integration into middle-class America.

Tímea Oláh is a Fulbright visiting researcher at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, for the fall of 2012. In her university years, she was a member of the Talent Management Program of the University of Debrecen, as well as István Hatvani College. She is now a member of the Hungarian Association for American Studies and the Hungarian Society for the Study of English. Among numerous her academic honors, she has won first place for her presentation at the 27th Conference of Scientific Students’ Association (OTDK), in the Church History section.



  • Name: Center for Austrian Studies
  • E-mail: casahy@umn.edu
  • Sponsored by: Immigration History Research Center, Global Studies, Austrian Studies

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the Center for Austrian Studies at 612-624-9007.

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