Can we expect homogeneous societies to be racially tolerant and are equal rights possible in these countries?
Is it unfair to expect largely homogeneous societies to conform to the same degree of racial tolerance and acceptance as societies with a long and turbulent history of immigration and civil rights movements?
If we can agree that racial tolerance and understanding is a desirable goal then how can we hope to achieve it in these homogeneous countries? In a society where white skin is seen as an indication of education, wealth and success, how do we begin to promote an alternate view? Why do those with Asian heritage return from growing up in English speaking countries only to be denied the opportunities readily afforded their white counterparts?
In Taiwan this is a big problem. I am part of a group called Teachers Against Discrimination in Taiwan (TADIT - http://taditaiwan.wordpress.com) which is starting to address these issues through the government, the schools and the parents. We have plenty of ideas but we want to learn from as many sources as possible.
What is the most effective agent of change? How realistic is it to expect a change? What can we learn from others who have fought and are fighting the same fight?
Thanks for your thoughts and feedback!