Cultural diversity

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Cultural diversity is the wide variety of cultures and traditions that are scattered across our world. From Alaska to Hawaii, these cultural heritages have been shaped by their unique histories.

Hawaii once was a place where people from all over the globe gathered to exchange ideas and culture. Still, now Americanization has led to its homogenizing into just one more US state with little recognition as its own country or region – much like how America itself used to be culturally diverse compared to Europe before Europeans migrated here en masse during colonial times.

Learning about the diverse cultures of different people helps us learn how to interact with one another. Multiculturalism has been defined as “the view that cultures, races, and ethnicities deserve special acknowledgment of their differences within a dominant political culture.” This definition gives a general idea of what this movement strives for equality among all people no matter where they originate from or what their culture is. Cultural diversity includes acknowledging the uniqueness of each culture and the efforts to teach young people about other cultures by including them in school curriculums.

In an increasingly globalized world, cultural diversity seeks to preserve ethnic identity and local heritage within national boundaries. Proponents of cultural diversity often feel that minority groups are better respected and represented when they have a distinctive identity that can be maintained even as those minorities participate fully in the larger society, which may contain majorities of different races or classes. Cultural diversity is sometimes associated with political equity in society; some liberal theorists believe (above all, at least since W.E.B. Du Bois ) that respect for national diversities is necessary for equality and democratic power. Cultural diversity is, in this sense, the outcome of non-discrimination and equal opportunity laws that recognize it as preventing cultural assimilation or “coercive homogenization”.

Likewise, cultural preservationists argue that if a culture is not kept alive to make new generations remember its traditions and practices, it will be lost due to assimilation with other cultures. Cultural diversity can be defined as the presence of multiple ethnic groups within one social territory (e.g., city), generally on a large geographic scale which may be either occupied or unoccupied depending upon their dispersal patterns.

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