What is the difference between assimilation and acculturation?
Assimilation is a broader concept and refers to the manner in which people take new information.
Acculturation is retaining your own culture within a minority community in a country but adapt to some aspects of the majority culture.
Acculturation and assimilation are two very important concepts in sociology and anthropology that describe cross cultural effects on both minorities as well as majorities in societies that are multi ethnic and multi cultural in nature. Assimilation is a broader concept as described by sociologist Jean Piaget and refers to the manner in which people take new information.
Assimilation is a process whereby people of a culture learn to adapt to the ways of the majority culture.
If you belong to a minority community in a country and retain your own culture but cannot remain isolated and are affected by the majority culture in such a way that you adapt to some aspects of the majority culture, the process is referred to as acculturation.