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University of Toronto Scarborough
Neda Maghbouleh

Lecture Four: Migration: Assimilation or Integrate? [September 30, 2013] - Assimilation as the approach towards immigration has fallen out of favor in the last ~20 years - Alba’s piece is an effort to save the Assimilation Theory and repair the way it has been discredited by theorists like Feagin and others. Noorani, Nick. 2008. “Success Secrets for Canadian Immigrants” v=AvplrntfZqgMagazine author and book publisher based in Vancouver. Migrant from India by way of Dubai. - In the process of coming to Canada and establishing his career, he did work with many other immigrant communities. He developed workshops, wrote books, workshops to develop soft skills for immigrants. - He articulates a message about Canada, migration, that is quite consistent with assimilation theory and larger goals that host countries like to achieve with immigrants in both the way they accept each other - The message he endorses is one that people here, and government accepts - Integral success: learn English, embrace Canada, stay positive, take risks, Volunteer Mentorship Networking Old and New Assimilation Alba, Richard & Victor Nee. 2003. “Introduction,” in Remaking the American Mainstream: Assimilation and Contemporary Immigration, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. - Assimilation Theory was the dominant way sociologists understood the categories of race and ethnicity in NA. - Assimilation, in the same way of Multiculturalism, is a big policy in terms of how to receive immigrants in Canada. - Infused Canadian politics and Canadian society, but also crucial in the formation of American policies, racial and ethnic life. American idea was immigrants in the host country would gradually lose aspects of their home culture and would be embracing the culture of their new home. Classical old Assimilation Theory this kind of erasing of the past, adopting the morals of the new country, is seen as positive. It was negative to associate with people from old country, speak the old language, etc. This was enforced by government, with both micro and macro influences. You learned English, lived like an American, with implications that the American way is better. The implication was the longer you lived in US or Canada, the more culture would rub off on you. - 1960s, when post-colonialism occurs, civil rights movements, and etc. that reshaped identity politics and reshaped what it means to have ethnic and racial pride. It was at this point where assimilation was seen as negative, ethnocentric, patronizing, etc. Assimilation literature was predictive, written like it would happen whether you want it to not as part of a linear process. Each generation would become less like the home country and more like the host country. - This old version was undone. Now there is a debate about this theory. Where pr
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