Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Sociology and Anthropology
Dr. T. Earl Sullenger
There are many definitions and possible interpretations of ethnic assimilation. It can mean anything from "elevation of economic status and adaptation to new standards of civilization, to changing of the color of skin. However, in the final analysis, ethnic assimilation divides into two phases, physical and cultural. When we speak of physical assimilation, we immediately think of two or more racees blending into a dominant race and losing all former identities. This theory of assimilation may occur in a democratic country but is most improbable.
Hamasaki, Kazuichi, "Ethnic assimilation: A study of Japanese families in the United States and Hawaii" (1953). Student Work. 449.
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