The extent of cultural assimilation among Bangladeshi and Indian-American populations in the Houston metropolitan area : empirical comparisons derived from a predictive model



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The purpose of this study was to explore the extent of "cultural assimilation" among the Bangladeshi and Asiatic Indian populations residing in the Houston Metropolitan Area. The concept "extent of cultural assimilation," refers to the degree to which an individual changes his native cultural pattern to conform to that prevalent in the host society. A theoretical model was constructed whereby a limited number of theoretical variables (independent of geographical origin) account for a substantial proportion of variation in the extent of cultural assimilation. These explanatory variables were termed: Actor Characteristics, Host Country Experience and Interpersonal Interaction. Actor Characteristics were operationally defined in terms of sex, age, marital status, number of children, education, occupational status, income and racial heritage. Host Country Experience was operationally defined in terms of the actor's stake in the host country, his desire to stay, and his motivation to improve his status in the host country by personal occupation and educational advancement. Interpersonal Interaction was operationally defined in terms of the extent of one's relationship with members of the host society (in contrast to one's relationship with fellow members of one's own ethnic group). The research instrument was a questionnaire previously administered to a sample of Asiatic Indians by Rosalind J. Dworkin. The mailed questionnaire was returned by 20 Bangladeshi respondents from a total of 100 questionnaires sent out. The 100 questions sent out were random sample of the membership list of the Bangladesh Association of Houston. [...]



Pakistani Americans--Texas--Houston, East Indian Americans--Texas--Houston