Cultural Connection

A Hearty Welcome! 

Welcome!  The purpose of this site is to inform you about the effects of Assimilation, the process of where a minority group adopts the customs and attitudes of the dominant culture or, rather Americanizing a group, family, or even an individual, on a person.  As a first generation American born citizen born to asian immigrants the focus on this site is on Asian American assimilaton as opposed to the broad subject that is culture adaptation.

A bit of Info

Culture is often thought as a part of who you are.  It's your tradition, your family, you and a loss of that can cause a grief reaction.  When people start to assimilate they may be overwhelmed by the culture clash.  They may start to feel lost because nothing is familar to them.  The grief reaction can be triggered by loss of language, difference in values, and contrast between social structures.  When these things happen people may start to go through a change of addittude, and sometimes lose their previous religous belief.

There are two different perspectives on assimliation in sociology.  The primordial perspective, or the "essentialist" that argues that ethnic idenity is something people are born with.  The essentialists explain that you cannot change your ethinic identity.  It explains that when you are in a different cultural situation it is natrual to feel lost because you don't necessarily belong there.  A situaton perspective or the "constructionist" (also called the "instrumentalist") describes ethnic identites as socially defined phenomenas.  It explains that the boundaries of identity are constantly being reinvented and changed.  It can be described as the complete opposite of the primordial perspective.  

Sociologists also like to argue that identity can be either resurgent or emergent.  Resurgent is the traditional or ancestral identities that can reemerge through events in a person's lives.  It can usually be described by the quote "What a father wishes to forget the child wishes to remember."  An emergent identity describes identity as the creation of new forms of group identity due to the convergence of particular circumstances.

Assimilation rates may vary between different people or different groups of people.  Economic factors, the attachment of a child to a parent, and the type of community they live in can effect the rates.  If for example an asian child grew up in an asian community in America they are more likely to experience difficulties assimilating as opposed to an asian child that grew up in a caucasion community.  Who they associate with, peer pressure basically, can alter their whole perspective and connection to their culture.