Migration and Multiculturalism Essay

2095 WordsDec 4, 20129 Pages
When someone mentions multiculturalism, one would often think of positive concepts, such as children of different ethnicities all standing around in a circle holding hands, but it gets a lot deeper then just that. Multiculturalism is seen as a "positive alternative for policies of assimilation, connoting a politics of recognition of the citizenship rights and cultural identities of ethnic minority groups, and, more generally, an affirmation of the value of cultural diversity" (226). According to Bennett, "debates on multiculturalism are concerned predominantly with the presence of non-white migrant communities in white, Western societies" (226). Such is the case when talking about Farmingville, when the presence of the Mexicans began to threaten the Caucasian community, all tension broke loose, and you could clearly see multiculturalism at its finest, with some Caucasian supporting the Mexicans, and whilst some were completely opposed to having them around, displaying their anger to an extreme state which almost resulted in murder. When debates about multiculturalism breaks out, what usually comes to mind would be the how the Aboriginals and many ethnics faced the so called “Canadian Citizenship” dilemma. And in the article “Citizenship + Cultural Belonging”, Chariandy and McCall explicitly describes how many ethnics suffer due to their cultural background and the attempts of the predominantly white society diminishes their rights and culture. Which ironically, displays perfect examples of what cultural belonging is not about. Finally, Findlay and Köhler’s article “Too Asian”, is another perfect example of multiculturalism, as defined by Bennett, "in multiculturalism, because it depoliticizes or aestheticizes difference by emphasizing the cosmetic celebration of cultural diversity, rather than the socially transformative struggle against racism or white

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