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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 - 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!

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    Gail .

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    Mar 13 2013: I think that homogenization was a very sad thing done to us. It deprived its victims of their core identities and separated them from their families - driving us apart from one another . I would like to see a celebration of diversity - because diversity is a strength. Homogeneity is a weakness. It's like a tree that grows slim and tall on shallow roots in an open field, waiting for the first heavy wind to topple it. (How very sad it is that an educational system wasn't bright enough to grasp this simple truth before it did so much damage to us).

    But, to address your question. The first thing I would do is throw away the word "tolerate". I don't want to be tolerated. I want to be appreciated for what I have to offer. Part of homogenization is that we are called upon to tolerate those who have not yet been fully homogenized. What cruelty!

    Rather than try to force all into a single mold, where none fit comfortably, let us allow ourselves to express our identities and our cultural heritage (keeping in mind that my rights end where yours begin). This is easiest done through clothing. But it can't be done until it is permissible in our cultlures to be culturally diverse - with each culture contributing to the whole. America doesn't have any cultural dress as most other countries do. We began as a salad bowl of cultures. When we go to stores, we are only offered the homogenized dress modes to choose from.

    Since the 1960s, many young people here dress, tatoo, and wear hair to shock others. It's their way of saying "LOOK AT ME! I EXIST! I AM IMPORTANT TOO!. How sad that they have to go to extremes in attempts to prove that to themselves. But our cultural message is: You are unimportant. You have no unique value. You are a commodity and a consumer and nothing more is wanted of you. Know your place and live in the box we have framed for you. If you do that, you will be safe.

    What a cruel message to teach our young people.