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Prior to beginning work on this Final Paper, ensure that you are caught up on the textbook reading and review the following resources:

Examining how different cultures are incorporated into a single society can offer insight into the ethnic group relations of that society. There are different ways in which ethnic groups experience assimilation, depending on the ethnic group’s origins in society. Many ethnic groups immigrate to a new country—often fleeing conflict in their home country—to make a better life for themselves and their families. Many ethnic groups perceive the United States as a country with greater economic, political, and social opportunities, and therefore, many immigrate to the country. Conversely, other ethnic groups are considered native or indigenous to a country and contact other ethnic groups through colonization: for example, Native American tribes in North America under British colonization. In both cases, ethnic minorities are expected to assimilate to the culture and behaviors of the majority, dominant group.

In the Final Paper, you will investigate the connection between culture, assimilation, and ethnic relations in society. A spectrum of possibilities exists when considering the degree to which ethnic groups assimilate to mainstream society, from completely adopting the new culture to maintaining their own cultural traditions and differences. Meaningful cultural symbols, such as traditions surrounding food, cooking, and eating, play a role in how ethnic groups both assimilate to new cultural norms and maintain their own unique traditions. They also assist in measuring the degree to which assimilation has occurred.

In your paper, include the following sections/components:

Introduction (two to three pages): Define the concept of assimilation and explain what happens to an ethnic group’s culture when they follow a model of full assimilation, evaluate how the degree to which an ethnic group assimilates contributes to and reinforces existing ethnic hierarchies, and explain if mainstream society is more welcoming to newcomers if they assimilate or if they retain some of their own cultural customs.

Body (about four to five pages): Explain how assimilation differs for ethnic groups that immigrate to a new country versus indigenous ethnic groups and analyze how cultural symbols—such as food—play a role in assimilation. The body of your paper should address the following:

  • In what ways are immigrant groups expected to assimilate to mainstream culture? Why is assimilation to mainstream culture encouraged? In other words, why are ethnic groups encouraged to adopt the culture of their new home rather than maintain their own cultural traditions?
  • Describe how the United States government forced the assimilation of Native American children. What purpose did this forced assimilation serve and whom did it benefit? What might today resemble if Native Americans had not been forced to assimilate?
  • Researchers often measure the degree to which an ethnic group has assimilated by looking at cultural practices: things like food, dress, and language. Explain, using the resources provided, the importance of food as a cultural symbol for ethnic groups. Why might an immigrant group resist adopting to the cultural food norms of the mainstream culture? What strategies do immigrant groups use to overcome this? What do the traditions surrounding food (e.g., who cooks it, how it is prepared and served, when and where it is eaten, etc.) reveal about an ethnic group’s culture? How can food, and the customs surrounding it, facilitate greater peace and understanding between ethnic groups?

Conclusion (two pages): Provide an example of your own ethnic or racial traditions surrounding food. Where did these traditions come from? How far removed are you from your ancestors who first immigrated to this country? If you were to move to a new country today, would you want to maintain these traditions or would you be willing to give them up to assimilate to the customs of your new home? What is another cultural symbol that an ethnic group may want to keep rather than assimilate into mainstream culture? To sum up the Final Paper, why are cultural symbols so important to ethnic groups?

The Culture and Assimilation of Ethnic Groups Final Paper

  • Must be eight to 10 double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s APA Style (Links to an external site.) resource.
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted

For further assistance with the formatting and the title page, refer to APA Formatting for Word 2013 (Links to an external site.).

Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.) for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

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https://www.history.com/news/how-boarding-schools-…

https://youtu.be/aXami4BHGOc

https://youtu.be/EmNgLK-TDWY

https://youtu.be/-eyROTdBUs4ce

Week 5 – Final Paper

Due Tuesday by 1:59am Points 28 Submitting an external tool

Culture and the Assimilation of Ethnic Groups

[WLOs: 2, 5, 6] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]

Prior to beginning work on this Final Paper, ensure that you are caught up on the

textbook reading and review the following resources:

• What History Tells Us about Assimilation of Immigrants

(https://publicpolicy.stanford.edu/news/what-history-tells-us-about-assimilation-

immigrants)

• How Boarding Schools Tried to ‘Kill the Indian’ Through Assimilation: Native

American Tribes Are Still Seeking the Return of Their Children

(https://www.history.com/news/how-boarding-schools-tried-to-kill-the-indian-through-

assimilation)

• Chef Marcus Samuelsson Visits Detroit’s Most Exciting Young Pastry Chef – No

Passport Required (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmNgLK-TDWY)

• The New Orleans Convenience Store With Legendary Vietnamese Chicken

Wings – No Passport Required (https://www.youtube.com/watch?

v=aXami4BHGOc)

• Food Is Not Only Culture, It’s Diplomacy: Leah Selim at TEDxGowanus

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eyROTdBUs4)

Examining how different cultures are incorporated into a single society can offer insight

into the ethnic group relations of that society. There are different ways in which ethnic

groups experience assimilation, depending on the ethnic group’s origins in society. Many

ethnic groups immigrate to a new country—often fleeing conflict in their home country—

to make a better life for themselves and their families. Many ethnic groups perceive the

United States as a country with greater economic, political, and social opportunities, and

therefore, many immigrate to the country. Conversely, other ethnic groups are considered

native or indigenous to a country and contact other ethnic groups through colonization:

for example, Native American tribes in North America under British colonization. In both

cases, ethnic minorities are expected to assimilate to the culture and behaviors of the

majority, dominant group.

In the Final Paper, you will investigate the connection between culture, assimilation, and

ethnic relations in society. A spectrum of possibilities exists when considering the degree

to which ethnic groups assimilate to mainstream society, from completely adopting the

new culture to maintaining their own cultural traditions and differences. Meaningful

cultural symbols, such as traditions surrounding food, cooking, and eating, play a role in

how ethnic groups both assimilate to new cultural norms and maintain their own unique

traditions. They also assist in measuring the degree to which assimilation has occurred.

In your paper, include the following sections/components:

Introduction (two to three pages): Define the concept of assimilation and explain what

happens to an ethnic group’s culture when they follow a model of full assimilation,

evaluate how the degree to which an ethnic group assimilates contributes to and

reinforces existing ethnic hierarchies, and explain if mainstream society is more

welcoming to newcomers if they assimilate or if they retain some of their own cultural

customs.

Body (about four to five pages): Explain how assimilation differs for ethnic groups that

immigrate to a new country versus indigenous ethnic groups and analyze how cultural

symbols—such as food—play a role in assimilation. The body of your paper should

address the following:

• In what ways are immigrant groups expected to assimilate to mainstream culture?

Why is assimilation to mainstream culture encouraged? In other words, why are

ethnic groups encouraged to adopt the culture of their new home rather than maintain

their own cultural traditions?

• Describe how the United States government forced the assimilation of Native

American children. What purpose did this forced assimilation serve and whom did it

benefit? What might today resemble if Native Americans had not been forced to

assimilate?

• Researchers often measure the degree to which an ethnic group has assimilated by

looking at cultural practices: things like food, dress, and language. Explain, using the

resources provided, the importance of food as a cultural symbol for ethnic groups.

Why might an immigrant group resist adopting to the cultural food norms of the

mainstream culture? What strategies do immigrant groups use to overcome this?

What do the traditions surrounding food (e.g., who cooks it, how it is prepared and

served, when and where it is eaten, etc.) reveal about an ethnic group’s culture? How

can food, and the customs surrounding it, facilitate greater peace and understanding

between ethnic groups?

Conclusion (two pages): Provide an example of your own ethnic or racial traditions

surrounding food. Where did these traditions come from? How far removed are you from

your ancestors who first immigrated to this country? If you were to move to a new country

today, would you want to maintain these traditions or would you be willing to give them

up to assimilate to the customs of your new home? What is another cultural symbol that

an ethnic group may want to keep rather than assimilate into mainstream culture? To

sum up the Final Paper, why are cultural symbols so important to ethnic groups?

The Culture and Assimilation of Ethnic Groups Final Paper

• Must be eight to 10 double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references

pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing

Center’s APA Style (http://writingcenter.ashford.edu/apa-style) resource.

• Must include a separate title page with the following:

◦ Title of paper

◦ Student’s name

◦ Course name and number

◦ Instructor’s name

◦ Date submitted

For further assistance with the formatting and the title page, refer to APA Formatting for

Word 2013 (http://writingcenter.ashford.edu/apa-formatting-word-2013) .

• Must utilize academic voice. See the Academic Voice

(http://writingcenter.ashford.edu/academic-voice) resource for additional guidance.

• Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph

needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper.

◦ For assistance on writing Introductions & Conclusions

(http://writingcenter.ashford.edu/introductions-conclusions) as well as Writing a

Thesis Statement (http://writingcenter.ashford.edu/writing-a-thesis) , refer to the

Ashford Writing Center resources.

• Must use at least three scholarly sources in addition to the course text. One of these

sources must be from the Ashford University Library.

◦ The Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources

(https://content.bridgepointeducation.com/curriculum/file/e5359309-7d3c-4a21-a410-

44d59303ccef/1/Scholarly%20Peer-

Reviewed%20and%20Other%20Credible%20Sources.pdf) table offers additional

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guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a

specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor.

Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for

a particular assignment.

• Must document any information used from sources in APA style as outlined in the

Ashford Writing Center’s Citing Within Your Paper

(http://bpiwritingcenter.prod.acquia-sites.com/citing-within-your-paper) guide.

• Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as

outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. See the Formatting Your References List

(http://writingcenter.ashford.edu/format-your-reference-list) resource in the Ashford

Writing Center for specifications.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric

(https://au.waypointoutcomes.com/assessment/25605/preview) for the criteria that will be

used to evaluate your assignment.

Waypoint Assignment

Submission

The assignments in this course will be submitted to Waypoint. Please refer to the

instructions below to submit your assignment.

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week’s assignment tab in Waypoint.

For more detailed instructions, refer to the Waypoint Tutorial

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ff53b3cc3794/1/Waypoint%20Tutorial.pdf)

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