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Ethnic Pluralism, Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.

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Ethnic Pluralism
Race
Ethnicity
Are Race and Ethnicity the same thing?
No-there are certain differences that set the two apart although they are interrelated and often overlap
Race:
Race refers to the biological aspects of a person- skin color, hair color, eye color.
If 3 people of the same race were to be placed in 3 different cultures, they most likely would adapt their behavior to model the culture. But, would their physical characteristics change?
Ethnicity
The cultural environment one belongs to.

Example:
Asian-American:
Race-Asian
Ethnicity-American
Any other examples?
Ethnic pluralism:

Coexistence of a variety of distinct racial and ethnic groups within one society
Examples?
Ethnic pluralism-
coexistence of a variety of distinct racial and ethnic groups within one society
Color symbolism in different cultures
RED
Red

China: Good luck, celebration, summoning
Cherokees: Success, triumph
India: Purity
South Africa: Color of mourning
Russia: Bolsheviks and Communism
Eastern: Worn by brides
Western: Excitement, danger, love, passion, stop, Christmas (with green)
Orange

Ireland: Religious (Protestants)
Western: Halloween (with black), creativity, autumn
Yellow

China: Nourishing
Egypt: Color of mourning
Japan: Courage
India: Merchants
Western: Hope, hazards, coward
Green

China: Green hats indicate a man's wife is cheating on him, exorcism
India: Islam
Ireland: Symbol of the entire country
Western: Spring, new birth, go, Saint Patrick's Day, Christmas (with red)
Blue

Cherokees: Defeat, trouble
Iran: Color of heaven and spirituality
Western: Depression, sadness, conservative, corporate, "something blue" bridal tradition
Purple

Thailand: Color of mourning (widows)
Western: Royalty
White

Japan: White carnation symbolizes death
Eastern: Funerals
Western: Brides, angels, good guys, hospitals, doctors, peace (white dove)
Black

China: Color for young boys
Western: Funerals, death, Halloween (with orange), bad guys, rebellion



China: Good luck, celebration, summoning
Cherokees: Success, triumph
India: Purity
South Africa: Color of mourning
Russia: Bolsheviks and Communism
Eastern: Worn by brides
Western: Excitement, danger, love, passion, stop, Christmas (with green)

Orange


Ireland: Religious (Protestants)
Western: Halloween (with black), creativity, autumn

China: Nourishing
Egypt: Color of mourning
Japan: Courage
India: Merchants
Western: Hope, hazardous, coward
Yellow
Green
:
India-Islam
Ireland-symbol of county
Western-spring, new birth, Saint Patrick's day and GO
Blue
:
Cherokee-Hurt or trouble
Iran: Color of spirituality
Western-sadness, depression, water (life)
Purple
:
Thailand: Color of mourning
Western-Royalty
White:
Japan-white carnation symbolizes death
Western-brides, angels, purity, hospitals, peace
Black
What does black symbolize in our culture?
*Hint-what color do people usually wear to funerals?
Is America a melting pot or a mixed salad?
melting pot
mixed salad
Melting pot analogy...
All the ingredients in the pot represent different people with specific cultures, races, and religions...
Mixed Salad Analogy
People of different cultures live among one another but do not merge into one single "American" culture.

*Think of the ingredients in a salad
1. Is America a melting pot or a mixed salad? Support your answer.
2. Is one analogy better than the other? Support your answer
Let's Reflect...

Cultural Assimilation-
process by which a person's culture comes to resemble those of another group (usually a dominant group)
The dominant group
Cultural Integration
-people of a culture integrate into another culture but do not disregard their own customs, traditions, beliefs etc.

Prejudice
Racism
Discrimination
Ethnocentrism
Prejudice- is an unjustified or incorrect attitude (usually negative) towards an individual based solely on the individual’s membership of a social group.
Racism- poor treatment of or violence against people because of their race
Genocide
- the deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group.






Jordan Potts
East High School
Multicultural Studies 2014
The concept of race is socially constructed
Racial categories and boundaries are created by society
Example: Who is in a group, who is out of a group, what the name of a group is
http://demographics.coopercenter.org/DotMap/
The Racial Dot Map of the USA
Cultures at East High School
In groups of 3 or 4, identify and list all of the cultural characteristics present at East High School.





A cultures can include these characteristics:
race & ethnicity languages religions
customs food holidays
traditions clothing


Indonesia
Discrimination- is the behavior or actions, usually negative, towards an individual or group of people, especially on the basis of sex/race/social class, etc.
Ethnocentrism- the idea that your own group or culture is better or more important than others
"chopsticks are a dumb way to eat food"
When the ingredients are stirred together
they form one culture-American culture.
Kelly immigrated to the United States from China 4 years ago. Although she has integrated into the American culture, Kelly and her family still celebrate Chinese New Year every year, eat using chopsticks and speak Chinese with their friends and family.
Mixed Salad Example
Genocide in Rwanda
http://www.history.com/topics/rwandan-genocide
THINK-PAIR-SHARE
Melting Pot Example
Joseph immigrated to the United States from Italy and is 8 years old. After starting school, Daniel started exclusively speaking English, dressing in American clothes and using phrases, gestures and manners. Joseph has completely assimilated to the American culture.
Do Now: 1/9
Holocaust
Rwanda
Darfur
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