So let’s get in to this exact idea of
you’ve integrated into another culture.
One idea to consider is
This is the process by which, a person or
group’s language and/or culture comes
to resemble those of another group.
So when your culture relates to another
culture you will get culture assimilation.
Okay so my culture, I meet another
individual and then to you almost more,
if you get this assimilation. Okay.
So assimilation may involve
either a quick or gradual change
depending in the host
culture and the individual.
Again moving around, how do you interact
with that new culture that host culture?
And do you as an individual, do you
quickly assimilate and start to pick up
the values and tell them align in yours?
Is it a marrying the two of them?
So it’s a unique process.
But collectively it’s a changing of your
cultural beliefs in assimilating to those of the
host country, sorry your host culture.
Now, full assimilation occurs when
the new members of that society become
from members of the other groups.
When you can no longer tell,
are you new here? Or you must fit in
because you belong with everybody here and
we can’t even tell that you did not live here
or you weren’t born here
or born into this culture.
Now, certain countries on the world are
not predominantly of anyone culture or race.
And we have Multiculturalism. This
refers to the inclusion of cultures
and ethnicities from
all over the place.
So there’s certain countries were
there’s really, really prominent.
Lot of parts of Europe, Canada, there’s
lot of countries around the world
where they welcome immigrants
and they allow them to come in
and have their own cultural identity while the
same time sort of mixing their cultures with others.
So, multiculturalism refers to that inclusion
of both your cultural and ethnic norms
into one larger broader community.
So, the issue, I don’t want to say
the issue. But the phenomena,
multiculturalism has rolled over
into now generational changes.
And what I’m referring to here is,
perhaps you’re an immigrant
and you’ve migrated to a new host
country or new host culture.
And you’re there a long enough where
you now have children that were born
into these new culture. Whereas,
you came from your previous culture.
And as that happens, the children of
that next generation, they actually
inherit their parents culture as well
as the culture that they now living.
And you see this a lot of times
in second generation immigrants where
the parents are saying, that’s
not how we do it in our culture.
And the child is saying, yeah but mom dad,
we don’t live in that old culture anymore.
We live in these culture. You know,
I’m not from where you from.
I’m from here yet they still kind of follow
other cultures that they’re parents brought.
So there’s this confusion, and there’s
this overlay of the two cultures.
Now, another thing that happens
with every subsequent generation
is you have the phenomenal
And that the parents who are both
born and raised in an initial culture
when they move to a second and nearer culture they
still maintain usually most of their original culture.
Even though they tried to fit in
and assimilate to their new culture,
they still maintain a huge substance and
values and norms of the original culture.
Now, the second generation is going to have
this like I said combination of the two cultures.
And when they go on to have children, and
so on, and so on, each subsequent generation
is gonna have less and less of the
original culture that they came from.
And so, if you look at fourth and fifth and sixth
generation, individuals that are in this new culture,
they basically have almost none or very little
of the original culture better than them.
Multiculturalism is a good thing in a
lot a ways. And some people have issues
with multiculturalism on the other hand.
But we don’t look at some of the impact
that it can have on society and our economy.
So, one thing is in terms of embracing
the holidays and celebrations that come
what that new culture or that other culture.
So in a lot of countries like, a lot
of countries with in North America,
Canada, U.S., even parts of Europe.
They embrace that.
they celebrate things like, Diwali
which is the Indian celebration.
They celebrate Hanukkah. They
celebrate the Chinese New Year.
And these are all embedded into the normal
now cultural calendar for that specific culture.
You’ll also gonna have individuals
who have changes in their status,
who changes in their passport.
They can have dual citizenship.
So these are differences that
will happen due to multiculturalism.
You have to have a change in
your available support programs.
So if you’re a culture that’s
say predominantly English speaking
and now all of the sudden you’re
allowing in other ethnicities
who speak other languages perhaps
Muslims or Chinese or Indians.
You now need to offer all your usual
documentation. Getting your driver’s license,
applying for passport, for your
health programs, schooling.
These forms can’t be solely in English
when some of the immigrants coming in
don’t speak that language,
that’s not their native tongue.
You now need to modify and offer support
programs that are intended for those
who are coming to this new culture.
And you also have to have some acceptance
to the religious culture practices.
Again, thinking of countries where say
Catholicism is the predominant in religion.
you might have Muslims coming in.
You might have other races coming,
other cultures coming in that
have own places of worship.
And so they would like to build the mosque
or a temple. And do need acceptance of that.
They need to allow them space and
the freedom to be able to do that
and express their behavior.
You know some cultures have individuals
praying several times a day.
They need to have whether needs to be done.
And you need to agree upon that
and allow that to happen, and
all of them have their rights.
So it’s kind of a unique situation
where you’re marrying two cultures.
The donors bringing their culture into
the host culture and so you have to have
a combination of allowing them to maintain
their culture while prompting them
and asking them to also try
to embrace the new host culture.
So subculture is the another phenomena
that you’ve heard as well.
And this refers to a group of
people within a broader culture
that differentiates themselves from the
larger culture to which they origin belong.
And this is a necessarily that they
completely disagree with a broader culture
but they feel that their cultural norms
and values and beliefs differ enough
when they want to create a Subculture,
that’s the name.
So, this can be things like, different
types of clothing, style, music.
You can have the sort of the hippi subculture.
You can have the God set culture.
You can have the break dance through the
street. You can have the heavy rockers.
All of these different subcultures that we have.
And then, they don’t necessarily mean that
they completely disagree with the broader
culture but they want to carve out
a little bit of own culture that allows them
to express and follow their own values and beliefs.
Now, the Counterculture is a subculture
whose values and norms in behavior differ
substantially from those of the mainstream.
Now these individuals are basically like
the name implies going against normal culture.
And these ones has the potential
to be a little bit more disruptive.
And that they’re because going
against the common culture,
they typically would like to vocalize
that and are contentious against
what the primary culture is doing.
The terms that you might hear sometimes
that were going against the man.
And the man can make me do what I want
to do. I have my own sets of beliefs.
I’m completely standing up against the
oppression or the perceive discrimination
against my culture. And I am
my own counterculture.