Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Week#13 - Multiculturalism

Core Questions: What are the benefits and difficulties associated with multiculturalism in Korea and elsewhere?

Sources:Below are a few readings.  More will be added soon. In the meantime, please try to find some interested related links and either post them on your blog or comment below to share them.


Korea's Multiculturalism  http://stream.aljazeera.com/story/201305210022-0022768

and a little multiculturalism humor

Ethnic Diversity

From: Worlds apart: Uganda tops list of most ethnically diverse countries on Earth while South Korea comes bottom

More Stats:

Discussion Questions: 

  • What do you think are the biggest potential concerns and benefits for a society (particularly Korea) becoming more multicultural?
  • What have been the best and worst multicultural environments or experiences you've encountered? What made them so good or bad?
  • Which do you think is a better multicultural model for a society to strive for - a salad bowl, a melting pot, or a chunky stew?
  • What role does physical appearance, educational background, and financial standing play in multiculturalism?
  • What do you think Korean society will be like (in regards to multiculturalism) in 10, 25, 50 years?
  • What role does the media play in the evolution of attitudes toward multiculturalism?
  • How has it impacted the acceptance of a non-homogeneous Korea? (or a more culturally harmonious South Africa?)
  • How do you determine if someone is 'Korean'?
  • How would you rank the 'Korean-ness' of
- a mixed race person raised in Korea
- a non-ethnic Korean born and raised in Korea
- a non-ethnic Korean who has lived here a long time and is fluent in Korean
- an ethnic Korean raised overseas (gyopo) - an ethnic Korean adoptee

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