New Jersey's Demographic Shifts: Background information when reading This Is How You Lose Her

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This Is How You Lose Her

by Junot Diaz

This Is How You Lose Her
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    Sep 2012, 224 pages
    Paperback:
    Sep 2013, 240 pages

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New Jersey's Demographic Shifts

Junot Díaz's characters have a strong link back to their home country, the Dominican Republic, as they make northern New Jersey (aka North Jersey) their new home. These Dominican-American communities have a strong presence in Díaz's writing, even if specific cities or neighborhoods are not always referred to by name. Due to the same socio-economic factors that affect his characters - the jobs they find, the homes they live in - the real-life demographics of New Jersey are starting to shift.

map of New Jersey counties According to an article in the New York Times that reported statistics from the 2010 US Census, the non-Hispanic white population in the state decreased by over 300,000 to approximately 5.2 million, which researcher Tim Evans says is remarkable: "these are pretty astounding changes. It's another sign that New Jersey is on a similar path to California in terms of becoming majority-minority."

The state's most populated areas, such as Paterson, saw "something of a black ...

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