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cultural pluralism,

a term describing the coexistence of many cultures in a locality, without any one culture dominating the region. By making the broadest range of human differences acceptable to the largest number of people, multiculturalism seeks to overcome racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination.


the acknowledgement and promotion of cultural pluralism. In opposition to the tendency in modern societies to cultural unification and universalization, multiculturalism both celebrates and seeks to protect cultural variety (e.g. minority languages), while at the same time focusing on the often unequal relationship of minority to mainstream cultures. After decades of persecution, the prospects of indigenous or immigrant cultures are now helped somewhat by the support they receive from international public opinion and the international community (e.g. the United Nations). see also PLURAL SOCIETY.


(pop culture)

During comics’ Golden Age (1938–1954), the nascent medium of superhero comic books was overrun with cultural stereotypes, a manifestation of societal prejudices widely, and sometimes innocently, held at the time. Captain Aero’s “little Chinese pal,” Chop Suey; the Lone Ranger’s “faithful Indian companion,” Tonto; and Mandrake the Magician’s “obedient African aide”, Lothar, were among the characters that marginalized the value of minorities.

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If culturally based, localized structure and insight origination were applied to total market efforts and made proportionate to multicultured population growth, distribution and/or volume contributions, brands would quickly surpass the level of targeted sophistication and realize the growth they seek faster.
Some 4,000- and 5,000-year-old artifacts from Iraq's multicultured past were discovered on Kirkuk Air Base, in Iraq, when soldiers of a Reserve engineer battalion dug into a hill while gathering dirt for defense barriers.
"It's vibrant, busy and multicultured. I think foreign people make this city an even more exciting place to live.
* Toledo, a multicultured city with a famous cathedral.
Like many beginning scholars in my generation, I had studied Adda's "Politics and Culture in International History." (37) Her book, "The Future of Law in a Multicultured World" (38) troubled me when I read it, though I have since come to conclude that it is a profound meditation on the limits of law in the international system.
The postmodern, fragmented, pluralistic, multicultured, multiracial, secular context of modern life in metropolitan areas like our major cities is an entirely new situation in which the church has no significant experience of successfully converting new groups of people on a large scale.
A marked absence of paternalism and imperialism among these multicultured faculty members nurtured the healthy growth of the school.
Others have referred to it as "colorism." Itabari Njeri, Sushi and Grits: Ethnic Identity and Conflict in a Newly Multicultured America, in LURE AND LOATHING, supra note 8, at 13, 16 (citing the work of Alice Walker).
Patrick Jones--librarian and author who has written books for the multicultured teens he works with--challenges those who want only people of color to write about teens of color.
A multicultured city, it was settled at various times by the Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, and English.

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