ERIC Number: ED296016
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Assimilation or Biculturalism--Which Way To Adapt to American Life?
Golden, John G.
Unlike previous immigrants, many of today's immigrants to the United States are accustomed to American culture since it has permeated the world and has settled into many international cities. An old concept of acculturation saw poor, ignorant immigrants arriving in America and immediately shedding their culture. Now acculturation has become more personalized and individualized. Immigrants have personalized adaptations to the process and much of this involves becoming bicultural. Biculturalism seems to produce less stress than acculturation. The process is exemplified by a study of Korean American high school students who were high achievers and had many friends among their American counterparts, but who remained deeply interested in their native language and history. They had positive outlooks and were interested in pursuing higher education. Their biculturalism was a better approach than acculturation since it led to more positive outcomes and self-concept. (VM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Asian and Pacific American Education (Denver, CO, April 7-9, 1988).