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Old 11-13-2012, 11:26 AM   #83
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Depends on the person.

When i talk to these people(obviously in my age group) they instantly go in defense mode about their parents.

The most common response i get is "I shouldn't have to abandon my culture", in which case i have to explain that you can keep your culture while still integrating into ours.
Exactly! Many feel that just by assimilating to something like language in which they can instantly have something in common with everyone else here, that this means somehow they are abandoning their culture. It is almost like some of them have this idea that even though they are illegal, other people should accomodate them so as to not offend their culture. Where did they get this sense of entitlement?

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From my experience, the ones who fail to assimilate are the elderly, or those past their prime. They are set in their old ways and fail to pick up the language.
As I mentioned, I really think it depends on where you live and that given community. If they are able to find other like minded individuals and areas in which they can be free to not assimilate, they will not feel the pressure or desire to do so.
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