Assimilation is the process of an individual or group’s cultural identity melding into another culture and includes the loss of distinction of the originl culture identity.
Acculturation is the process of evolution of an individual or cultural group that occurs following exposure to another cultural group. Acculturation may lead to integration of the two or more cultures while maintaining a cultural distinction of the both cultures.
The following Stages of Acculturation are best understood as two dimensional experiences of cycling exposure and retreat (Berry, Lu, Lum, 2004).
clings to birth culture and is unable to accept the new culture.
adopts new culture and rejects the old culture.
the ability to synthesize the two cultures into a healthy integration.
discomfort and alienation with both cultures.