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Multiculturalism vs. assimilation: Does multiculturalism better encourage social cohesion and unity?

  • Multiculturalism can encourage social cohesion

    In the US especially, people come from all different ethnic backgrounds. We live in a global world and we need to learn to deal with cultures different from our own. To succeed financially, socially and politically multiculturalism is important. Some degree of assimilation is required to survive in any environment, but realizing that we can blend into one nation while still retaining our cultural identities is important.

  • Multiculturalism does not equal ignoring your new country's culture

    Multiculturalism does not mean strictly sticking to your old culture. As the name hints (multi = many) it means living by the rules of more than one culture. It thus stands for adapting to your new home's values whilst keeping your traditions. I believe it to be a good thing, that helps you question ideals and simultaneously enriches the new country's culture.

  • Multiculturalism is divisive.

    Too often, rejecting your new country's culture in favor of keeping the one from the place you left creates resentment. As if you want all the benefits of the place you moved to, while pretending you're still back home and that those old cultural rules should keep applying to your new country. Like you host's culture isn't good enough for you. It's like the phrase goes, "Your stomach is in "X" but your heart is in "Y"

  • Multiculturalism is divisive.

    Too often, rejecting your new country's culture in favor of keeping the one from the place you left creates resentment. As if you want all the benefits of the place you moved to, while pretending you're still back home and that those old cultural rules should keep applying to your new country. Like you host's culture isn't good enough for you. It's like the phrase goes, "Your stomach is in "X" but your heart is in "Y"

  • Multiculturalism causes social division.

    Multiculturalism, as opposed to assimilation, promotes separate distinct groups that share little in common except inhabiting the same area. As these groups have different cultures and values from each other, they do not identify with each other, there is little social cohesion or unity. Therefore multiculturalism does not benefit national unity.


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