DOI: 10.14704/nq.2018.16.6.1540

Status Identification and Identity Construction of Ethnic Minorities in the United States Based on Brain Cognitive Science

Hui Wang, Yiwei Zhao


Cognition is a process in which the brain processes information including feelings, language, memory and other related activities. It has a direct relationship with the social environment. In recent decades, the number of immigrants in the United States has continued to rise, and the structure of the migrating ethnic groups has changed greatly. Most of them are Hispanic and Asian. These have brought new challenges and problems to the "melting" ability of ethnic minorities in the United States. Moreover, ethnic minorities also have the pursuit of their own status identity and seek ways to construct their own identity in the new cultural and political system. Based on the cognitive science, this paper takes the American minorities as research subjects, and studies the status identification and identity construction of the ethnic minorities in the United States, explains related factors influencing status identification and identity construction, and analyzes and predicts the current situation and the future of the minorities in the United States. Measures to maintain the status identity of ethnic minorities have been put forward so that to establish a sense of belonging to maintain the stable and harmonious development of the country. This paper enriches the research on the identification of ethnic minorities in the United States theoretically and provides reference for similar problems in other countries.


Cognitive Science, Ethnic Minorities, Identity

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