Clayton State University Culture and Assimilation of Ethnic Groups Paper

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Prior to beginning work on this Final Paper, ensure that you are caught up on the textbook reading and review the following resources:

· What History Tells Us about Assimilation of Immigrants (Links to an external site.)

· How Boarding Schools Tried to ‘Kill the Indian’ Through Assimilation: Native American Tribes Are Still Seeking the Return of Their Children (Links to an external site.)

· Chef Marcus Samuelsson Visits Detroit’s Most Exciting Young Pastry Chef – No Passport Required (Links to an external site.)

· The New Orleans Convenience Store With Legendary Vietnamese Chicken Wings – No Passport Required (Links to an external site.)

· Food Is Not Only Culture, It’s Diplomacy: Leah Selim at TEDxGowanus (Links to an external site.)

Examining how different cultures are incorporated into a single society can offer insight into the ethnic group relations of that society. There are different ways in which ethnic groups experience assimilation, depending on the ethnic group’s origins in society. Many ethnic groups immigrate to a new country—often fleeing conflict in their home country—to make a better life for themselves and their families. Many ethnic groups perceive the United States as a country with greater economic, political, and social opportunities, and therefore, many immigrate to the country. Conversely, other ethnic groups are considered native or indigenous to a country and contact other ethnic groups through colonization: for example, Native American tribes in North America under British colonization. In both cases, ethnic minorities are expected to assimilate to the culture and behaviors of the majority, dominant group.

In the Final Paper, you will investigate the connection between culture, assimilation, and ethnic relations in society. A spectrum of possibilities exists when considering the degree to which ethnic groups assimilate to mainstream society, from completely adopting the new culture to maintaining their own cultural traditions and differences. Meaningful cultural symbols, such as traditions surrounding food, cooking, and eating, play a role in how ethnic groups both assimilate to new cultural norms and maintain their own unique traditions. They also assist in measuring the degree to which assimilation has occurred.

In your paper, include the following sections/components:

Introduction (two to three pages): Define the concept of assimilation and explain what happens to an ethnic group’s culture when they follow a model of full assimilation, evaluate how the degree to which an ethnic group assimilates contributes to and reinforces existing ethnic hierarchies, and explain if mainstream society is more welcoming to newcomers if they assimilate or if they retain some of their own cultural customs.

Body (about four to five pages): Explain how assimilation differs for ethnic groups that immigrate to a new country versus indigenous ethnic groups and analyze how cultural symbols—such as food—play a role in assimilation. The body of your paper should address the following:

· In what ways are immigrant groups expected to assimilate to mainstream culture? Why is assimilation to mainstream culture encouraged? In other words, why are ethnic groups encouraged to adopt the culture of their new home rather than maintain their own cultural traditions?

· Describe how the United States government forced the assimilation of Native American children. What purpose did this forced assimilation serve and whom did it benefit? What might today resemble if Native Americans had not been forced to assimilate?

· Researchers often measure the degree to which an ethnic group has assimilated by looking at cultural practices: things like food, dress, and language. Explain, using the resources provided, the importance of food as a cultural symbol for ethnic groups. Why might an immigrant group resist adopting to the cultural food norms of the mainstream culture? What strategies do immigrant groups use to overcome this? What do the traditions surrounding food (e.g., who cooks it, how it is prepared and served, when and where it is eaten, etc.) reveal about an ethnic group’s culture? How can food, and the customs surrounding it, facilitate greater peace and understanding between ethnic groups?

Conclusion (two pages): Provide an example of your own ethnic or racial traditions surrounding food. Where did these traditions come from? How far removed are you from your ancestors who first immigrated to this country? If you were to move to a new country today, would you want to maintain these traditions or would you be willing to give them up to assimilate to the customs of your new home? What is another cultural symbol that an ethnic group may want to keep rather than assimilate into mainstream culture? To sum up the Final Paper, why are cultural symbols so important to ethnic groups?

The Culture and Assimilation of Ethnic Groups Final Paper

· Must be eight to 10 double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s APA Style (Links to an external site.) resource.

· Must include a separate title page with the following:

o Title of paper

o Student’s name

o Course name and number

o Instructor’s name

o Date submitted

For further assistance with the formatting and the title page, refer to APA Formatting for Word 2013 (Links to an external site.).

· Must utilize academic voice. See the Academic Voice (Links to an external site.) resource for additional guidance.

· Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper.

o For assistance on writing Introductions & Conclusions (Links to an external site.) as well as Writing a Thesis Statement (Links to an external site.), refer to the Ashford Writing Center resources.

· Must use at least three scholarly sources in addition to the course text. One of these sources must be from the Ashford University Library.

o The Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for a particular assignment.

· Must document any information used from sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.) guide.

· Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. See the Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.) resource in the Ashford Writing Center for specifications.

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The Culture and Assimilation of Ethnic Groups Final Paper
Assimilation can be defined as a process where various cultural groups interact and in
that process, they start becoming more alike or one group follows other people's way of life so as
to look like them. Assimilation occurs when various ethnic groups of different backgrounds with
different cultural practices, values, and norms migrate to another country and assimilate to their
way of life. Therefore, “assimilation is most often discussed in terms of minority immigrant
groups coming to adopt the culture of the majority and thus becoming like them in terms of
values, ideology, behavior, and practices. This process can be forced or spontaneous and can be
rapid or gradual (Cole, 2018).”
When immigrants and ethnic groups settle into a new land, they tend to introduce their
own customs and beliefs into the newfound society. Assimilation is a gradual change and when
full assimilation happens, new members become unidentifiable from native members. Any ethnic
group can adapt to a different culture or reasons like political relevance or perceived advantage.
Some groups are forced or feel like they have to due to immigration, imperialistic conquest, or
changes in the population. “While assimilation is often thought of as a linear process of change
over time, for some groups of racial, ethnic, or religious minorities, the process can be
interrupted or blocked by (Cole,2018).”
Ethnic group assimilation leads to and reinforces existing ethnic hierarchies to a higher
degree. As such, this exhibited by degrees on an unequal society where the group that assimilates
to others is seen as inferior to mainstream ethnic group. Social closure becomes high if there are
inequalities between various ethnic groups. Thus, the ethnic that people are forced or
spontaneously assimilate set itself above the other ethnic groups; as such manages to monopolize



social, economic, and political tools that favor. Therefore, the assimilation reinforces ethnic
hierarchies as the ethnic group that has power will ensure that it has more societal privileges than
others. Social closure and hierarchies will cause cultural differentiation as the group with higher
dominance will reinforce the boundary by introducing new cultural diacritics to demonstrate
their superiority to other ethnical groups which they see as inferior. This helps in the dominance
group to continue to create a boundary, which causes cultural differentiation.
Immigrants who migrate to other societies usually have a different way of life; as such
they have a culture different from the dominant groups. In today’s society no ethnic groups that
force others to adapt to the mainstream culture. Therefore, mainstream society is more
welcoming to newcomers who have assimilated into the mainstream culture. This is because
people will see it as an act of trying to fit in. However, immigrants do not have to abandon their
culture entirely as there some aspects that help them conserve their identities. For example, the
immigrant can maintain their ethnical aspects in their cultural ...

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