The challenges that Locke faces resonate with many minority groups - being misunderstood by both sides about cultural or social affinity.
Will Gary Locke Be an Effective Ambassador to China?
The Chinese officials may presume Locke to possess certain cultural empathy and can pick up the nuances and innuendoes that a white person cannot, and they would expect Locke to be more sympathetic to the Chinese points of view.
Locke also risks being challenged by select members of Congress and other Americans on occasions when they are having xenophobic fits. They might ask him whose side he’s on, a question that would never be asked if Locke were white.
Calgary schools end mandatory 2nd language classes
"And I think we are unique across this province in saying that every student starting in Grade 7 will have an option to take a second language if that is their choice. But we’re no longer saying you must, that’s the difference," she said.
A True “Ethnic Vote” Tale: Overheard during Elections Canada Officer Training
Trainee: Why don’t voters have to provide a certificate of citizenship for identification?
Trainer: Oh, it is not a requirement to vote but people in the “ethnic” areas love to proffer their cards to show they are citizens.
What is wrong with this picture?
The trainee assumes a certificate of citizenship is required to vote. Yet the trainee, who just happens to be white, can’t possibly have a certificate of citizenship herself because she was born in this country. So if the certificate of citizenship was a requirement, then a born citizen (who would not own such a document) does not have proper ID to vote.
Silly me, oh you mean people who are “ethnics” should produce a certificate of citizenship. So the certificate of citizenship is not directly tied to naturalisation but rather, race or ethnicity. Hmm…did you know there are many “ethnics” who are Canadian born citizens and have thrived in the true north strong and free for several generations?
The trainer’s response (shown at the top) reinforces the original comment and assumes “ethnics” are naturalised citizens, that they cannot be Canadian born just like the trainee hence they would own a citizenship card. They need to carry a certain card to prove they really are legitimate and belong here.
I sense there are many degrees of Canadianness and they seem to correlate with shades of the skin. The true Canadian is fairest of them all.
Clearly much of my class had arrived in Grade 7 without having internalized the most basic rules of spelling, grammar and punctuation.
My initial thought was that perhaps they had not been instructed properly at the elementary level. However, I soon recognized that this was not about their previous teachers; this was about a provincial ELA curriculum that reduces reading and writing skills to only 50 per cent of the program’s intended content. The other 50 per cent involves evaluating their competency in using “talk/ language to communicate” and in expressing themselves “using different media.”
So despite the fact that most students arrived in my class sorely lacking in terms of their reading and writing skills and quite able to talk and use digital media, I was being instructed by the provincial curriculum to weight these competencies equally. Being obliged to spend so much time evaluating the talk and media competencies denied me the opportunity to teach the reading and writing skills my students so badly needed.
A study Dr Tucker undertook with other experts in Canada and the US for over 20 years in the field of linguistics proved students who develop additive bilingualism turn out to be creative and cognitively flexible than learners who just focus on one language.
Additive bilingualism is a kind of bilingualism in which a second language is acquired without detriment to the mother tongue.
“Students who develop additive bilingualism are more creative and develop greater cognitive flexibility and this seems to help them do well in problem-solving tasks and when we systematically compared learners whom we refer to as additive bilinguals with their monolingual counterparts, they perform much better,” Dr Tucker said.
Why is a PhD candidate in Applied Linguistics not improving in English?
We are all familiar with the scene of newcomers who stay within their own cultural or linguistic enclaves. It is often assumed that is the reason they are unable to join the larger community. Here are two stories from outsiders who are actively seeking to belong and participate in new social circles. One is an Anglophone while the other is not, they originate from opposite ends of the earth yet came up with similar observations - to be admitted to the inner circles and accepted by the natives, you need to have a significant other who is a local. On this continent as well as Australia, it means a white person who identifies with the majority culture.
“The essence of it is that people love diversity as long as you’re just like us. But the value of diverse voices is that we bring a different perspective into the room.”—Ashindi Maxton via Center for American Progress
How does translation fit in the globalizing cultural world? Spivak will argue the importance of learning foreign languages to reduce the risk of distorting literature through prejudice, while Damrosch will take the position that translation is an essential part of the cross-cultural experience.
The Indian team today is as inclusive as it gets…It’s an amazing group of fiercely talented young men, each with a back story that’s inspiring. They come from different faiths, castes, communities. Together, they have made India into the world’s best cricket team in every format of the game.
My point is that it is not skin color, gender or orientation that makes one “good at” managing diversity but mindset.
This mindset for majority-culture people requires an epiphany or an evolution in thinking that brings one to understand the extent of the discrimination around all of us that is perpetrated mostly by the majority culture.
Anyone can become “authoritative” about diversity. Nobody comes to the table that way.
We must all come to the realization that, as a reader put it nicely, “I am not different than you, I am different like you.”
When I speak at anti-war rallies the audience is usually all White, when I speak at immigration rallies the audience is usually all Brown… Global warming, usually White, police brutality, usually Black, and so on. The progressive movement is segregated, and race is the tripwire that prevents us from coming together. Not only do I find this to be very discouraging, it is self-defeating.
Diversity is inefficient.
At least, it is inefficient in the short run. In the long run, to repeat myself, we are not going to win anything anymore if we can’t build racially inclusive coalitions and organizations.
Why are all the cool, environmentally-correct places gentrified?
The restaurants listed for Down to Earth Week feature ethical eats and sustainable practices. Wonder why the selection has no ‘ethnic’ restaurants or venues that draw mixed crowds – I’ll leave it up to you to define mixed, and it’s not necessarily a Benetton ad. It’s the same old dilemma; hipster places where pro-integrationists gather, are very homogeneous and far from being diverse. While the more colourful spots, though popular, aren’t even on the radar.
Just curious, are you a student? What gave you the idea for doing a tumblr on diversity and inclusion? It kind of sounds like something that is part of a bigger project of some sort...
I’m not a student but someone who believes in lifelong learning. Diversity and Inclusion (D & I) is definitely a bigger project, perhaps a lifetime project – that is why I encourage input from the community and I’m learning lots. I will only be out of a job when we are all assessed and valued for who we are, without paying any attention to weight, height, racial background, gender, physical ability, age, handedness, how we part our hair and so on. If I do my job right, I will work myself out of a job.
No problem. I find your tumblr quite interesting as well, especially the idea of “linguistic inclusion” and posting comments in a person’s preferred language. I admire that. I’m currently doing grad school to become an ESL teacher and one of the major issues that I’m trying to figure out is how to incorporate the use of an ESL student’s native language into the classroom curriculum. Many teachers too readily impose an “English Only” policy, which I find ridiculous because no one learns a second language without taking into consideration their first. I think if teachers took the extra effort to take advantage of a learner’s native language when learning English, they would find that the native language can be used by the ESL student as an infinite resource for language learning that they can apply in their own independent learning outside of class. So I guess that’s my lengthy way of saying that I appreciate the idea of linguistic inclusion and recognizing a person’s voice through linguistic choice. :)
Thanks Eric. I really look forward to the multilingual posts, no one yet.
Many an aircraft has been saved by a sharp, junior, inexperienced crewmember. Often it is because of this lack of experience, and the complacency that may come with experience, which makes them able to see what others cannot. This is what diversity is all about – it’s about maximizing the service’s potential by involving different sets of eyes and hearing everyone’s voice. Diversity is more than gender and race, and we cannot discount what this type of diversity brings to the table and why it needs to be encouraged.
Tzara, who has been at CAIS since pre-kindergarten, said she didn’t realize she was Caucasian until she grew much taller than her classmates in fourth grade. “I never felt like I was different,” said Tzara, who also plays volleyball, basketball and soccer.
This is one of the many paradoxes of the gentrification generation - the “coolest” places in our cities, the most “authentic”, tend to be white and middle class, while the “cheesiest” and most touristy are far more diverse.
As hipsters, the most self-aware generation ever, with generally pro-integrationist politics, we are acutely aware of this fact, and I would argue it is at the root of some of our collective ennui.
Thank you Alexandra Wallace. The video got so many ‘eyeballs’, raised fuller awareness about racism, reaching so many including those who might not have shown interest in the topic. Reactions from far and wide remind us how far we have come and how much more work needs to be done. Thank you for making us think harder.
The greater the ethnic diversity in Amsterdam neighbourhoods, the lower the sense of well-being of its residents. They feel less at home there, or say they are more concerned about future developments.
The research shows that a higher number of non-Western immigrants leads to a reduced sense of security and well-being among residents. A larger number of Western immigrants leads to increased trust in the quality of life and future of the neighbourhood.