Culture shock among recent African Immigrants

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Unformatted text preview: Culture shock among recent African Immigrants recent Antonetha Donatus Summary Summary The United States has been a permanently unfinished country, a The global sponge remarkable in it’s capacity to absorb tens of millions of people of all classes and cultures from all over the world. of It is made up of many cultures represented by the different It immigrant groups. immigrant In this paper I will focus on explaining the “Culture shock” that In “Culture that the recent African immigrants face in the U.S., based on how culture differences affect them, find themselves in the subordinate position, and then adapt to the new society in order to survive. “Culture Shock” iis characterized by feelings of disorientation, s anxiety, and a sense of being threatened. anxiety, When people’s assumptions are jolted through contact with an When unfamiliar culture that supports different expectations, they often experience culture shock. However, culture shock does not always occur because when people of two different cultures interact, many possible patterns can emerge. The two groups may peacefully coexist, with a gradual cultural diffusion occurring. may Causes of “Culture Shock” Causes Lack of skills and Language Barriers This is usually due to anxiety, since most of the recent This immigrants are generally less skilled, and they don’t speak English as required. English Cultural Differences Recent immigrants from Africa can not understand the Recent customs and daily behaviors of their new society : everything dealing with daily lives such as ways of doing things and talking to people, is so different that they have to learn about the new environment in order to fit in the society. This leads to emotions of alienation from the new culture. It also exaggerates the positive aspects of the original culture especially when they join their native country fellows at their community centers. community Values and Norms Values Some of these immigrants start to ignore Some their native culture, rejecting values and choosing to assimilate or identify with assimilate the new values, norms, and attitudes. the Acceptance and Assimilation Acceptance Young people are more exposed to total assimilation than older Young people. people. Basically, parents of recent immigrants are more affected by Basically, culture shock more than their children because they try to maintain their native culture. maintain However, right after the challenges of initial culture shocks, their However, day to day activities are in place and immigrants understand how to live in the new society. to The individual may not yet be fluent in the spoken language, as a The result there is a cognitive level of understanding of the basic cognitive ideals. The individual has acquired enough cultural knowledge to survive on his/her own. Further more, many immigrants reach the stage of acceptance and integration in America. They start to work, create business, educate their children, and their children already start to Americanize which is becoming hard to distinguish themselves from native speakers, and they have accepted the basic customs and the behaviors of the people in this new culture. basic Conclusion Conclusion To conclude, no one has to tell you what To the living in the U.S. will do to your own culture, but there is a possible way of learning the culture you are living. It is nature for a new comer from Africa to face “Culture Shock” due to culture differences. differences. THE END THE ...
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This note was uploaded on 09/21/2011 for the course SOCIAL SCI 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at Community College of Philadelphia.

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