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uh si muh lay shuhn

  • n  the state of being assimilated; people of different backgrounds come to see themselves as part of a larger national family
  • n  the social process of absorbing one cultural group into harmony with another
  • n  the process of absorbing nutrients into the body after digestion
  • n  a linguistic process by which a sound becomes similar to an adjacent sound
  • n  the process of assimilating new ideas into an existing cognitive structure
  • n  in the theories of Jean Piaget: the application of a general schema to a particular instance

  • For decades, Aborigines such as Archie Roach and Marie Allen were taken from their families in the name of assimilation.
  • Aborigines taken from their families in the name of assimilation seek an apology from white Australia.
  • Huntington says successful assimilation in the past is unlikely to be duplicated with today's Latin immigrants.
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  • Jewish-American Literature: Old World and New
    Professor Judith Ruderman talks about her upcoming course on Jewish-American literature. She emphasizes immigration and acculturation as markers of assimilation into American culture, and takes a fresh look at modern-day Jewish-American writers.
    June 21, 2013 - Duke University

  • Angela Merkel in FOX News
    Our long-term goal can only be the assimilation of worldwide per capita emissions,Merkel told the conference.
  • Rowan Williams in International Herald Tribune
    Whatever the popular perception, the options before us are not irreparable schism or forced assimilation,Williams said. "It is not an option to hope that we can somehow just carry on as we always have."
  • Stephen Harper in Conservative Party of Canada (press release)
    The treatment of children in Indian Residential Schools is a sad chapter in our history,Prime Minister Harper said. "Today, we recognize this policy of assimilation was wrong, has caused great harm, and has no place in our country. The...

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