The Effects of Cultural Assimilation: Conformity vs. Unorthodoxdy “Cultural assimilation is a complex and multifaceted process that first involves immigrants learning the language, cultural norms, and role expectations of the absorbing society, and further changes in attitudes”, or so it is explained by Dejun Su, Chad Richardson, and Guang-zhen Wang, in their article, “Assessing Cultural Assimilation of Mexican Americans: How Rapidly Do Their Gender-Role Attitudes Converge to the U.S. Mainstream?” (764). Throughout history and also present day society, cultural assimilation is easy to be identified, thanks to the “melting pot” quality of North America. Also, cultural assimilation is questioned about the effects it has on various groups
Acceptance is the first building-block when entering a group. If accredited by those in your association, this leads to belonging with everyone, and then finally being treated like close acquaintances no matter what the situation is. This behavior is displayed throughout in the stories, The Outsiders and West Side Story. In the fictional novel The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, the main character, Ponyboy, belongs to a diverse gang of delinquents, each of them with different qualities and aspects, but as divergent as they all are, they always welcome one another like a family. In the fictional play West Side Story by Arthur Laurents, there is a character named Tony who has gradually grown distant from his old gang, the Jets, although his fellow
There are many ways for people from other countries to adjust to living in the United States. There are also things that immigrants think they have to do to fit in. In this essay I will include the best ways for immigrants to adjust to American culture. I will also
For immigrants in America, two radically different choices of culture exist. First, the immigrants can choose to stay loyal to their ancestral roots and deny mainstream culture. Instead of contributing to the melting pot of opinions present they isolate within themselves by refusing to learn both the English language and American culture as a whole. Because they cannot communicate with a majority of the population, they don’t maintain any amount of control over American ideals including both politically and socially. The second opportunity available would be to embrace this new found culture, no matter how foreign it is to them, and develop a sense of unity with America. If immigrants wish to break the currently controlled system of power and privilege in America and truly become a part of American customs, they must learn to assimilate culturally.
From Chinatown to Monterey Park, Asian Americans across the boundaries of Los Angeles are flourishing from bustling inner cities to middle class suburbia. The suburban life style was originally created by white Americans for white Americans however in today’s suburban cities and towns there seems to be a substantial group of Asians and Asian Americans thriving in these once predominately white areas(Li 1993, 318). The development of Asians and Asian Americans in the suburbs occurred through the following three ways, first is the development of Chinatown and how it became the Mecca for immigrants and the second is Asian American assimilation into American society. The last reason is the gentrification of towns such as Chinatown, and Little Tokyo.
Prince Ahkeim Jahfar wakes up on his twenty-first birthday and realizes that he is to be wed to a woman he has never met before. This is a custom that
The primary source I located in The New Republic was titled, “The Task for Americans”. This primary source provides information about how Americans have to work with the immigrants to educate and help them readjust to our country. It also provides clarity on both parties role in the process of immigrants learning English.
Summary The main idea of this article is to bring insight to the reader about how islam is being remolded by the youth Islamic community within America. To illustrate this revolution the author uses personal accounts from the Muslims she interviewed. One of the main elements portrayed in this article was the idea of Muslim assimilation in the modern western world. The millennials within the Muslim American community often still adhere to the basic tenants and values of their religion however they often follow the religion more loosely in order to blend the two diverse cultures. Another main point this article focused on was religious temperance to allow for a more progressive and flexible practice of the faith. Lastly this article focused on the increased acceptance and reduced judgement from family members and those who are
According to The Bureau of International Information Programs of the US Department of State, "Becoming American: Beyond the Melting Pot" they stated that, "The United States has been ‘a permanently unfinished country' because it has been continuously built and rebuilt by immigration" (5). So what does it mean to be "American" in a country as diverse as the United States? In Immigration Issues: Major Issues in American history, Henry Bischoff stated, "The only man who is a good American is the man who is an American and nothing else" (201). This acknowledges the fact that in order for immigrants to be given the favorable circumstances of being accepted into the American mainstream, it is required for them to lose their identity and adapt into
How do you know beyond what you already know without expanding our knowledge, making discoveries? People know what they know based off of experience or receiving information from a knowledgeable person. People with raised in a concentrated society with one culture don't really adapt to new cultures and ideas easily. For example, my parents were raised in Haiti where there's one culture, one race, one society. Adapting to America's diverse culture and races was weird for them. The mentally they were raised with, what's right and wrong, stayed with them. They became aware of other's ideas and beliefs, but it didn't mean they'd pick it up and apply it to their lives... which they didn't.
The desire for social acceptance is a desperate attempt to become happy. It can be painful for many people (but not all) to live alone and spend hours imagining going out with a social circle that doesn't exist. It kills your productivity as you feel your life lose its vigor, pep, and color. The pain of being alone is so great that being accepted by a social group, no matter how superficial the relationship may be, is so worth it to most people. As we gain stressful positions of responsibility and heavy tasks, sometimes having an acquaintance that cares (or at least you think they do) can keep you resilient. However, when it comes down to minority groups social acceptance can be hard to come by.
As the son of immigrant parents, I have always wanted to assimilate into American culture. My parents expected me to excel in everything I do, especially in academics. When report cards came at the end of the quarter, I would be ashamed when my parents saw my grades. Every time I got a B, I could see the disappointment on their faces. I would lock myself in my room and think about how much easier my life would be if I was not Asian. I had always hoped that my parents would congratulate me if I completed something, or showed affection when I needed it. My parent’s merciless emphasis on academic achievement made me submissive to their authority.
In the last quarter century, immigration has become a widely debated topic in both politics and government. However, it might not be the amount of immigration or policies on immigration that Americans are concerned about but rather immigrants assimilating into American culture. According to a Pew Research Center survey done in 2017, when asked what makes someone “truly American”, around 90 percent of respondents said you couldn’t be “truly American” unless you spoke English, while 85 percent said it was important to “share American customs and traditions.” This is where the problem lies. Americans can’t see assimilation happening with first generation immigrants and therefore assume that assimilation isn’t happening. However, when analyzing
Mathew from Afar All humans wish to fit into society. It is programmed into everyone’s genetics to want to fit in. When humans are born, they slowly learn and grow to resemble everyone that makes up their surroundings. People everyday worry about fitting in. “Do these clothes match?” Or, “Do you think this haircut is good on me?” These are just few of many questions that get asked everyday, from people who wish to be accepted by society and their friends. Humans fear of not fitting in, for they do not wish to have the chance of being bullied and ridiculed by the people that they hold close in their hearts.
I don’t like share too much about my history or why I left my contry. Is a kind of black out. The only thing that I remember is moving on without looking back.