It is almost inevitable that when an immigrant moves from his or her home culture to a different culture, there will be some tension between the cultures of the home and host countries, which will influence the immigrant’s behavior.
Culture may be viewed as a set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an organization, institution, or group. Cultures have evolved over centuries and continue to do so. Furthermore, culture may provide a strong sense of identity to members and may inform how members view themselves and others. Some immigrants find it challenging to navigate potentially discrepant home and host cultural beliefs and practices.
Acculturation is a dynamic process. It reflects the degree to which the original culture is retained while adapting to the new culture. There are four different patterns of acculturation: integration, assimilation, separation, and marginalization. Assimilation may be described as “unicultural acculturation.” Assimilation...
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