Psychology and Education
Overview of Assignment: Redefining Identity through Assimilation
So far, you have explored how individual racial and ethnic identities develop. You discovered that racial and ethnic identities are influenced by social processes. Racial and ethnic identities are also influenced by customs and language common to your culture. Next, you will examine how an immigrant may redefine his identity when he moves to a new country with a culture different from his home country.
When an immigrant moves to a new country, he may or may not assimilate into the new culture. If he chooses to assimilate, he disconnects from his original culture and adopts the customs, language, and other characteristics of his adopted culture. If he does not assimilate, he stays separate from the new culture and maintains his native customs, language, and the other characteristics of his culture. The article, “The Pressure to Cover” and the Asian Nation website article provide a more in-depth description of assimilation.
The choice to assimilate or not to assimilate determines whether or not an immigrant maintains his identity or redefines it. In this Assignment, non-immigrants refer to those who are native to the country to which an immigrant relocates. In the assigned readings, you will consider different points of view that relate to assimilation and redefining identity.
To prepare for this assignment:
*Review the article “The Pressure to Cover.” Pay particular attention to the concept of assimilation.
*Review the “Assimilation and Ethnic Identity” article on the Asian Nation Web site. Focus on connections between assimilation and ethnic identity.
*Consider one advantage and one disadvantage of assimilation from the perspective of an immigrant.
*Think about one advantage and one disadvantage of assimilation from the perspective of a non-immigrant.
*Reflect on how assimilation can influence immigrants to redefine their identity.
The Assignment (1-page), APA style format, No Plagiarism and must be cited with references. Thank you
(1).Explain one advantage and one disadvantage of assimilation from an immigrant’s perspective. Provide an example for each.
(2).Explain one advantage and one disadvantage of assimilation from a non-immigrant’s perspective. Provide an example for each.
(3).Explain how the choice to assimilate or not to assimilate can influence immigrants to redefine their identity.
Course Text: The Meaning of Difference: Karen Rosenblum, 2012, 6th edition.
For review: Section I, “Framework Essay”
Section III, “Framework Essay”
Section III, Reading 39, “The Model Minority”
Tatum, B. (1997). Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria? Brown University Child & Adolescent Behavior Letter, 13(10), 1. Retrieved from EBSCOhost: http://ezp.waldenulibrary.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=9710196505&site=ehost-live&scope=site
Kenji Yoshino. (2006, January). The Pressure to Cover. New York Times Magazine,6.32. Retrieved April 20, 2011, from ProQuest Central. (Document ID: 973276381): http://ezp.waldenulibrary.org/login?url=http://proquest.umi.com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/pqdweb?did=973276381&sid=4&Fmt=6&clientId=70192&RQT=309&VName=PQD
Assimilation & Ethnic Identity
Asian Nation provides information about assimilation and ethnic identity, particularly as they relate to the Asian culture.
“A Class Divided”
“A Class Divided” is a series of video clips that depict Jane Elliott’s classic exercise in her third grade classroom. Elliott addressed discrimination by designating children as “blue-eyed” or brown-eyed,” and she proceeded to teach adults using the same exercise.
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