No Need for Cultural Integration

No Need for Cultural Integration

NO NEED FOR CULTURAL INTEGRATION 4

NoNeed for Cultural Integration

NoNeed for Cultural Integration

Integratingwith local cultures is a good thing for immigrants. Learning thelocal language makes it easy to communicate. However, it ishumiliating when it becomes a condition for accessing employment andother privileges. When a first came to the United States, I struggledto learn English. Once again I felt like a little child struggling tolearn how to pronounce words. The experience was difficult for me andI developed opposing views against mandatory cultural integration.There is no need to make cultural integration as a pathway to acultural national identity. Those who stand for this position makethe wrong assumption that identity is only definitive in a singularcultural perspective.

Thecase against cultural integration as a way of assimilating intoanother country is not inclusive. It covertly considers the cultureof other group of people who are supposed to integrate into thedominant culture as insignificant or worthless (Sniderman &ampHagendoorn, 2009). Thus, the following points of view support theidea that a nation can still form a solid cultural identity throughmulticulturalism rather than a single culture formed throughintegration.

  1. The strength of a culture is not number of people that identify with it, but how different it is from other culture. Expecting immigrants to integrate just because they are fewer than natives is covert derogation in the strictest sense.

  2. A nation can have an identity as a multi-cultured people. A great example is Canada, which has hundreds of cultures that have lived together for centuries.

  3. When people from different cultural backgrounds live together, history and sociology has it that they will gradually find a compromise culture that is a product of their unforced integration. The resultant culture could be a stronger culture in the end because it will unique and bearing common features of all the cultures involved.

References

Sniderman,P. M., &amp Hagendoorn, A. (2009). Whenways of life collide: Multiculturalism and its discontents in theNetherlands.Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press.