Multicultural In America Essay Topics

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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



Work songs

Chicano/Black/Asian Ethnic Minority Families

Changing Male Roles

Changing Female Roles

Child Rearing Practices

The Single Parent Family

Interracial Marriages

Minorities in the Work Force

Occupational Structure

Youth Employment/Unemployment

Women in the Labor Force

Mexican Immigration

Its role in U.S. economy

Its role in Culture Maintenance in U.S.

American attitudes

Ethnic Minority Women in Political Movements


Contemporary Ethnic Music

Black influences

Latino influences

Minority Arts in American Culture

Chicano/Mexican Murals

Folklore and Folk Arts

Ethnic Minority Movements in the U.S.

Civil Rights Movements

Vietnam War

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

During reconstruction

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

Labor force


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

Bilingual Education

Drug Abuse among Minorities

Traditions in Chicano/Black/Asian culture

√£ 2001 by John A. Cagle, Professor of Communication, California State University, Fresno.



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