Is Multiculturalism Positive Or Negative?
by Qin Wan
Different people have different views to things, like or dislike, agree or disagree. Multiculturalism is a controversial issue in America. Some people think that multiculturalism is negative, whereas some others think that multiculturalism is positive. In my opinion, I agree with the second view, that multiculturalism is positive.
Multiculturalism is diversity of two or more culture in some region or country. America is an immigrant country; most people in America are immigrants. They come from different countries and different ethnic groups; they have different languages, educational backgrounds, customs, values and religions. When they arrive America, they must communicate with other people in English. They learn English and the culture from American people or earlier immigrants who are around them. In their public activity, they must accept American cultural traditions, but in their private lives, they inevitably use their own customs, values, religions, traditional festivals and experiences to influence their behaviors. They are still retaining their own cultures.
Since the 1960s, The America government has admitted, encouraged and supported cultural diversity. Fair policies allowed all citizens to have the right to preserve their cultural inheritance. Public school has bilingual education programs for new immigrant children. Under the laws, racism, discrimination and prejudice are significantly decreased. The relationships of people in the country are friendly and harmonious, and people’s lives have become rich and colorful. We are understanding and learning from each other more easily than before. We can eat different cultural style foods. We can watch different country’s performances. We can enjoy the celebration events of different country’s festivals. Kids growing up in this multicultural background are easy to accept different views, values and behaviors of foreign countries. Especially, following the development of the Internet and wireless communication technology, the distance from country to country and people to people has becomes closer, and the economies between regions and countries are connected more closely. The whole world became a global village. Multiculturalism is becoming more important than at any other time in history.In conclusion, multiculturalism is a good thing for society and people, so it is positive. We need to enhance and develop multiculturalism in our lives.
Curanderismo (folk healing)
Folksong as an Ethnic Expression
Chicano/Black/Asian Ethnic Minority Families
Changing Male Roles
Changing Female Roles
Child Rearing Practices
The Single Parent Family
Minorities in the Work Force
Women in the Labor Force
Its role in U.S. economy
Its role in Culture Maintenance in U.S.
Ethnic Minority Women in Political Movements
Contemporary Ethnic Music
Minority Arts in American Culture
Folklore and Folk Arts
Ethnic Minority Movements in the U.S.
Civil Rights Movements
Farm Labor Struggle
Minority Groups in American Politics
Pre-World War II
Post-World War II
Religion in Minority Cultures
Role of Catholic/Protestant Churches in Chicano Communities
Impact of legal rulings in the education of minorities
Lau vs. Nichols
Brown vs. Board of Education
Great Black/Chicano/Asian educators--past and present
Issues in educating the Black/Mexican/Asian child
race, IQ & achievement
Segregation, desegregation, and busing
Athletics vs. Academics in Higher Education
Church role in Civil Rights Movement and Economic Development
Family roles during slavery
Matriarchal system--Myth or Reality?
Impact of African culture on Black Americans
Early African practices and beliefs
Impact of Native American culture on Mexican Americans / on American culture
Historical sketch of Blacks in Politics
Right to vote
Birth of Jim Crowism
Impact of the 1960's Civil Rights Movement on politics
Organizations: NAACP, SNCC
Chicano Student Organizations
Contemporary Leadership in current human rights struggles
Impact of Black/Chicano/Asian vote
Local, state, national
Nutritional value of ethnic minorities' foods
Racism in American Sports
Racism and discrimination in American society
The justice system
Research on the physiological/psychological differences of Black athletes
Cultural revival movements
Harlem Renaissance--writers and styles
Contemporary Chicano writers
Minorities in Business
Minorities and the Mass Media (TV, film, radio, etc.)
U.S. Involvement in Latin America
El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala, etc.
Effects on Immigration Policies
Impact on Inter-ethnic relations
Language Differences in America
Drug Abuse among Minorities
Traditions in Chicano/Black/Asian culture
ã 2001 by John A. Cagle, Professor of Communication, California State University, Fresno.