Biculturalism implies the existence of two distinct cultural groups, usually of unequal status and power, within a society united by one economic and political structure. Research indicates that biculturalism and acculturation can influence inter-generational differences in health beliefs and behaviors for certain U.S. ethnic groups. Unlike acculturated individuals, bicultural individuals identify with core elements of their culture of origin as well as the dominant culture. Bicultural individuals successfully integrate into and participate in important aspects of both cultures, values, and belief systems. Such people are especially valuable in program planning, outreach, and implementation.
June Gutierrez English
(see also: Acculturation; Asian Americans; Assimilation; Cross-Cultural Communication, Competence; Cultural Anthropology; Cultural Identity; Cultural Norms; Customs; Folk Medicine; Hispanic Cultures )
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