When people from these countries travel to the West, especially America, they experience cultural shock. America is a land of opportunity and is characterized by its ever expanding diverse cultural paradigms. The democratic values are more emphatically visible here through equality between the genders and freedom of informed choices. The opportunities to exert those choices are openly practiced with societal support that a Moslim immigrant, initially finds it hard to accept. The language barriers, rules and regulations, food etc are other factors that make it difficult for them to overcome.
I was fortunate enough to befriend an American student whose was sensitive and had a great sense of humor. Initial differences were resolved through understanding of cross cultural values. While I seriously worked on overcoming the barrier of communication by joining English language course, he introduced me with the etiquettes of American society and helped me to become part of various social networking groups. Once I became confident that I could express myself in the native language of English, it became easier for me to interact with others, felt more comfortable and developed a sense of belonging which is also called assimilation.
It is important to understand that adapting to different environment is a gradual process that happens in phases. Before completely getting acculturized in different culture, factors like social networking and learning the language and culture of the host country facilitates rapid adjustment. Initial loss of identity in the host country is gradually recovered by accepting the differences and adapting their own values according to the new environment. The hostility experienced at first is reduced once immigrants become familiar with the new culture of the host country. Therefore, it is imperative