Assimilation And Integration Analysis
Scholars from this perspective view multicultural societies as "composed of a heterogeneous collection of ethnic and racial minority groups, as well as of a dominant majority group"(B&B&F, 2008, p.121). In the context of the American society they view immigrants as the members of society who "actively shape their own identities rather than posing as passive subjects in front of the forces of assimilation" (B&B&F, 2008). Basically, the multicultural perspective considers the idea of multiculturalism in relation to the involvement of "ethnic minority groups as active integral segments of the whole society rather than just foreigners or outsiders" (Leung, 2011-2012, p.20). In other words, as Leung (2011-2012) believes, "the whole is the sum of the parts"(p.