Sunday, September 25, 2005

How Hong Kong people accommodate the cultural differences in the United States? Also applies to Australia, same stuff is happening.


How Hong Kong people accommodate the cultural differences in the United States? Also applies to Australia, same stuff is happening.

Acculturative stress encourages integration, assimilation, separation, and marginalization of values among people. The acculturative stress increases from integration, assimilation, then separation, and finally marginalization.

Integration focuses on retaining the values of the acculturative group, while cooperate with the rest of the society. Assimilation focuses of abandoning the values of the acculturative group, and tries to behave like a dominant group. For example, "You speak like White!"¡Xthis kind of dialogue is somehow related to the idea of assimilation. Separation is like the race/religion groups gathering themselves within their race/religion groups rather than gathering as a whole group. The old Black/White segregation policy is an example. Examples of marginalization are prejudices, discrimination, and exclusion.

Let's use the United States and I as an example. Everyday I face acculturative stress every day, and before reading the text I don't have a name for it. I live in Hong Kong until nineteen and study in the United States for two and a half years. I have Hong Kong friends actually brainwashed with the US culture as they were younger when they came to the US. I actually notice the difference between them and me. The difference is not anything about traditions or festivals; it is difference of the value system. As the text says, the majority of the US is overemphasizing on individualism. It hurts me a lot when I have individualist "friends" trying to make profits on me, although most of time they don't succeed. It is sad. I have a roommate having me identified as an individualist. If I felt him act like an individualist, I act like another individualist on him. I always follow this doctrine: "You will be treated the same way as the way you treat me", so that at least it looks fair.

What I am doing is actually integration. What the roommate is doing is assimilation, while he knows a lot from his original culture, but he actually abandons the value of his own culture. Well, that is merely the assimilation unconscious. Seldom there is a person knows exactly what he/she is doing. It is very sad.

Hopeful I can retain the many good things of American culture (black, white etc.) and put these stuffs into my own use.

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