noddy wrote:its an odd thing how most cultures seem to have a dream about 'the other culture' having passive, sex driven woman.
plenty of middle eastern types seem to think the same about white woman as westerners think about asian woman.
I pity the poor expat in Japan that confuses polite manners and calculated deference for passive subservience.
Some flowers are carnivorous.
Personally, the woman I married never tried to disguise herself nor to be confused with a passive or subservient being. And I'm happily married.
noddy wrote:every group ive met has a subset that doesnt care for whats beyond the things they like.
I think you're being much too hard on academics.
! Good one !
--- Now, back to the (darn) topic of the thread
Multiculturalism is most often very badly defined, or not at all.
First of all, if the word has any meaning, it must be about culture, as in: language, customs, and religion to a point. If the topic was race, then we would speak about Multiracism, right?
Or "Multiracial", to be less facetious.
If it's about culture, multiculturalism as far as I can understand it is a theory that people within the same country should be put in nice neat cells where they would cultivate specificities that were designed outside of them and without their input.
This goes from the inoffensive & mundane - if your mother was Irish, then you have to
be able to prepare an Irish stew. Otherwise you're a bad person - to the utterly dangerous - different laws for different so-called "communities", whatever that word is supposed to mean, and generally the lesser you know the better
With various shades of comical and / or dangerous in between, not to forget the pitiful.
As far as I'm concerned, every place it is directly applicable, this model should be applied: one law for all, equality for everybody, no distinction between citizens, one language for all
. This model being applicable to any immigrant whatever the country of origin, just as to any person with uncommon religious views or uncommon skin color. Model which was exactly and concisely expressed by Abbé Grégoire when the French revolution gave equal rights to Jews: "(We should) refuse everything to Jews as a nation and give them everything as individuals"
The only exception I know of is exception of language, for those countries which happen to already
have several ones. Switzerland e.g. is a German, French and Italian speaking nation. Canada is another obvious example, and some Canadians have insisted on using their own peculiar language, which was wisely allowed to them, all the more so since this language is also spoken by the country's big neighbour on the South, allowing for easier communication.
Other than this sole exception, I can't see any reason to speak of "multiculturalism".