AN INTERGENERATIONAL CONVERSATION: Assimilation Vs Aculturation
According to the United States Census Bureau, the population of African immigrants in the United States doubled in every decade from approximately 80,000 in 1970 to approximately 1.6 million from 2008 to 2012. Consisting of only 4 percent of the foreignborn population, African immigrants tend to have higher levels of educational achievement than the overall immigrant population.
Currently, 41 percent of African immigrants have a bachelor’s degree or higher compared with 28 percent of other immigrant groups. However, regardless of their educational achievement, immigrants often have to confront questions regarding their identity. At the heart of this question lies the assimilation versus acculturation debate. Social scientists define assimilation as allowing one’s original culture to be overridden by the dominant culture whereas acculturation is acquiring the capability to function within a dominant culture while retaining one’s original culture.
In this panel, the elders and youth will address questions of whether the African community in the U.S. must choose between assimilation or acculturation and what are the consequences of choosing one or the other.
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Amb MacDella Cooper, of (MacDella Cooper Foundation) Bobby Digi / Bobby Digi, of IslandVoice
Tope Ganiyah Fajingbesi of United for Kids Foundation
Ramatu Ahmed of Africa Life Centre
….. Just to name a few.