Where I grew up in Bethpage, NY, there was a different ethnic family living in every other house on the block. Some were 1st generation immigrants. Mostly though, they were 2nd generation – the first wave of those to have left “the city” for the good life out on the island.

When the children were at school, many afternoons would find the housewives in each other’s kitchens, downing another pot of coffee or playing Mahjong.

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