Cultural And Ethnic Diversity Essay Ideas

The different beliefs, characteristics and looks of different ethnicities give more diversities in a place. The differences in cultures create color in every region. It allows people to understand each other and respect each other’s differences and beliefs. On the other hand, these differences are emphasized too much that instead of being the key to a harmonious living, leads to gaps, differences and even fights (Singelis 4). In a certain region, diversity is inevitable especially in a place like the United States. The United States is the melting pot of many cultures.

Over the years, the country has become the destination of people from all over the world to achieve their dream. It seems that each state has its own taste of a different culture. Aside from that, immigrants have slowly settled in the country making it much more diversified. You wouldn’t be surprised that there is a little China Town in every state. There is also a growing number of Muslims in the country. This is a good sign for us as it shows that the war does not hinder our Muslims brothers to reside in our country. They are also given the freedom to stay here whenever they want.

Other nationalities such as Filipinos, Indians, Japanese and Koreans have chosen to stay in the Land of the Dreamers. The Americans are known for their quest in reaching our dreams. And that is probably one of their best attributes. It is also probably one of the reasons why a lot of people choose to settle here. They too think that they will reach their dreams by going to America. Despite the diversity that has evolved in our culture, there is still this distinct American taste that is present is the American culture. This distinction in each culture paves way for people to know each other.

(Singelis 152) Each culture, ethnicity is proud of its heritage. American families, for example, are very particular in implementing the American culture. American parents taught their children to love their country and have pride that we are Americans. This is, after all, the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. Our families teach us to be good Americans by passing on the value of citizenship, American holiday celebrations and traditions, leadership, entrepreneurship, competition and positive attitude. On the other hand, each culture is like that.

The media plays a huge role in exposing the differences in each culture. Movies, documentaries all feature distinct qualities of each culture. These differences are somehow exposed in wrong way. Most of the time, cultures are perceived based from what people hear about them. I really think that the differences in cultures and ethnicities are given too much emphasis without being aware of it. In effect, this led to conflicts and gaps between cultures. It is a sad fact that instead of being united especially in these times of crisis, we are still separated by our personal beliefs.

The media would be a really good help in promoting unity. It would help if similarities are focused and if people will be taught to respect one another’s beliefs too. A good example of this would be the movie Gran Torino. The movie is about an American old guy who lives near a bunch of Hmong people. Hmongs are people from China, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand who came to the United States to find their fortune. They decided to live altogether in one neighbor so that they too can perform their traditions and gather often.

The American guy and some of the Hong’s turned out to be true friends and depended on each other. It was good to see the culture of the Hmongs in the movie. It was an eye-opener to many of those who have watched it. The only similarity between the American and the Hmongs was that they both wanted to live peacefully. It happened when they got to know each other and respected their own beliefs (The Gran Torino 1). Movies like Gran Torino should be featured more often. I think it is a good thing to showcase the different distinction of each culture especially the minorities.

These minorities deserve their recognition from the world. Maybe with given much time, people should get to know the history, beliefs and traditions of the many cultures and ethnicities especially if they are just in the neighborhood. It is good to know that we are uniting for the sake of living peacefully and harmoniously. Work Cited Singelis, Theodore. Teaching about Culture, Ethnicity and Diversity: Exercise and Planned Activities. California: SAGE Publishing, 1998. “The Gran Torino. ” 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2009 <http://www. thegrantorino. com/>.

Curanderismo (folk healing)

Folksong as an Ethnic Expression

Blues

Gospel

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

Contributions

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

Education

The justice system

Labor force

Housing

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

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

 

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