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American Assimilation : Melting the Melting Pot

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American Assimilation : Melting the Melting Pot

Culture , while being an integral part in an individual 's identity , can be lost inasmuch as an individual can likewise assimilate

a foreign culture and can either absorb it entirely , thereby displacing one 's original culture , or absorb parts of it which then take part in the whole cultural make-up of the individual . Peter D . Salins , in his book Assimilation , American Style , argues in general that the American system did not force immigrants to the country from abandoning their own customs and from accepting entirely the American way of life . On the contrary , Salins argues that America was more than willing enough to accept immigrants so that more people will work for the country . And since the American culture is perceived as superior to the culture of the immigrants , the latter would eventually adapt to the American culture and blend with it seamlessly . On the other hand , Richard Rodriguez in his article The Fear of Losing a Culture ' argues that while America used to believe in Protestant individualism , the country has now believed in and enacted changes : while the country seeks to declare English as the official language , Madonna starts recording in Spanish ' America transforms into pleasure what it cannot avoid (Rodriguez ' - it cannot avoid the influx of immigrants , so the nation resorts to using that influx to their pleasure by hiring these immigrants into the local workforce

More importantly , even if America does not force the immigrants to assimilate the American culture , the very tangible institutions of America - from popular American food chains to American branded clothes and other products - in a way enforces the American culture into the lives of the immigrants either consciously or otherwise . It is because the very presence of such institutions in the midst of the immigrants in America alters their immediate perception of their surroundings , pushing the immigrants to adapt to such foreign environment in the end

Salins maintains that the success attained by America owes from the harmonious relations among the groups from diverse cultural backgrounds with the people believing that they are irrevocably part of the same national family (Salins ,

. 17 ' As America tolerated cultural diversity in huge amounts among its mass of immigrants , it expected a huge input in its labor force , thereby strengthening its supremacy especially during the latter parts of the twentieth century . Salins also reminds that assimilation is not so much about cultural conformity but rather national unity (Salins ,

. 186 , which easily brings to mind why the American style of assimilation did not entirely hinder the immigrants from flocking to the country

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