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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Multiculturalism will eat itself

The other week I went to a Hindu wedding. Actually, only the bride was Indian. The groom was of northern European descent. All I can really say about the wedding is it extremely long and dry to boot. Anyway, it got me thinking about the nature of our society as it stands.
The longer groups of people live in the same area the more likely they are to interact, intermarry and therefore interbred. Thus, there will be many members of the community with a mixture of backgrounds and therefore will no longer identify with the ethnic groups of their backgrounds. This can already be seen in the majority of people descented from the Irish, English, Scots, Dutch etc. that arrived pre World War 2. It is slowly starting to happen to the groups that arrived in the post war migration schemes and will in the future happen with the Asians and Lebanese over time.
Thus a Multicultural society is only really a stepping stone on the way to a polycultural society where the members come from so many different backgrounds that.

3 Comments:

  • At 11:51 pm, December 20, 2005, Blogger JP said…

    It isn't about to happen to the Asians, it already has. Consider this, in Asia, language and dialect divide. In Australia, all their kids speak English and that provides a bridge which allows them to share from each other's traditions.

    At a 21st on Saturday night, my friend's Japanese father gave the speech in English, in which he commented on how his son's (mostly ethnically Chinese) friends would go on to be the leaders of Australia. While they may not have integrated as much into Anglo-Saxon Australian culture as many would like, they are creating a new Asian fusion culture which is still uniquely Australian - in the same way that "wog" culture is uniquely Australian without being Anglo. In Asia, as in the Mediterranean, the ethnic groups they come from are seperated by language in geography. It is when they come to Australia and end up at school and University together that they form an "Asian" or "Wog" identity as opposed to the Cantonese, Korean, Greek or Lebanese identity they would have had in their ancestral country.

     
  • At 10:05 am, December 21, 2005, Blogger B. S. Fairman said…

    Yeah, it is basically the same point. I was just saying that it will be in the next generation it will occur within the individual with parents from different backgrounds than just in the psychic of the people.
    The easiest way to stop ethnic violence is to date each others sisters.

     
  • At 3:25 pm, December 23, 2005, Blogger Potentially Ash said…

    Blair, maybe this is a good time to tell you, I'm dating your sister.

     

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