Sue A. S. Hirschmann
February 23, 2009
Multiculturalism and Own Culture
Culture is process to live in group. Each society has norms to follow by individuals in order to retain society strong and intact. Culture developed by beliefs, faith, practices, customs, way to live, art, intelligence, language, food habits, and economy. Cultural growth gave identity to the societies that named, Chinese or Indian or European or African or South Asian have different cultures.
The term multiculturalism generally refers to an applied ideology of racial, cultural and ethnic diversity within the demographics of a specified place, usually at the scale of an organization such as a school, business, neighborhood, city or nation. Multiculturalism has recently come into usage to describe a society characterized by a diversity of cultures. Religion, language, customs, traditions, and values are some of the components of a culture, but more importantly culture is the lens through which one perceives and interprets the world.
People live in multicultural society have different view about the culture. Because, they are observing more than two cultures at a time. The one they living, that includes friends, peers, coworker etc., one they need to follow in the public institute and the one which they carry in them by their parents; by hereditary. That is their own culture. We should not avoid our own culture as like Richard Rodriguez. In my point of view, my culture represents me and I represent my culture to other people of the society. So that’s my identity.
In the United States, continuous mass immigration had been a feature of economy and society since the first half of the 19th century. In today’s society, there are many different terms and definitions used to describe multiculturalism. For example, “melting pot”, “mosaic”, and “dynamic” are the most commonly used terms today to describe...