mikema63 wrote:Just something I want to get clear on.
I'll preface this with the fact that I'm not necessarily opposed to assimilation nor do I necessarily support it. I'm on the fence about it.
What are the criteria that need to be looked for before someone can be declared culturally assimilated?
How do you go about culturally assimilating someone? Like, what policies make someone change their cultural identification?
Cultural assimilation can come in a number of flavours with an emphasis that will vary in importance according to different perspectives.
Tebbit's cricket test mentioned by Decky is a loyalty test. Loyalty is something that will matter to people with a martial or security perspective, so government, police and the armed forces in particular. Loyalty probably doesn't matter as much now as it did in the early 20th century because military technology has reduced the military potential of ordinary people to somewhere close to zero, (well excepting terrorism which is mostly of only nuisance value).
TL;DR The military man wants to know whose side you are on.
Another aspect is cultural commerce, how well people can socialise and do business with each other. The number one thing here is common language and following from that compatible social mores, cues and customs / laws. This is something that tends to matter most to civilians.
TL;DR The civilian wants to know if you speak the same language.