December 17, 2004

Chinese Minority

American is called “The Melt Pot”. It tolerates and accepts all different kinds of races form all over the world, such as African, Asian, Spanish and European. Unlike American, Chinese have a unique physical appearance. Although there are 56 different minorities groups with different customs, culture and languages in China, they are converging into one unique nation, regularly. We communicate in Mandarin. We do not have race issues on different race of people, when we are little, our education system always taught us that minorities groups are important, also we are lucky to have them in our country, and they need to be respected. Therefore in China racism is not really a huge issue, most of the cases we treat other minorities just like everyone else.

Posted by HuiLin at December 17, 2004 05:00 AM

56 different ethnic groups -- wow, that's a huge amount.

If I were to move to China, are there official programs that are designed to help me adjust to society?

I lived for a few years in Canada, where the operating metaphor for welcoming minorities is not "melting pot" but "mosaic" -- that is, each little group keeps its ethnicity and background, and adds it to the big picture.

That doesn't always work in Canada, especially in the case of Quebec, which is a French-only province surrounded by provinces in which English is the majority. I think when I was in Toronto, Mandarin topped French as the second-most popular language. (Italian was fourth.)

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at December 19, 2004 10:09 PM
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