Electronic Magazine of Multicultural Education

SPRING 2000     http://www.eastern.edu/publications/emme    Vol. 2, No. 1

Theme: Stereotype, prejudice and discrimination

[This Issue] [Articles] [Instructional Ideas] [Open Forum] [Reviews] [Contributors]
[Fleck] [Gorski] [Swan and Weissbrot] [Tuleja] [Williams]



This Spring issue explores stereotype, prejudice and discrimination, which we believe is a necessary step toward understanding others in the multicultural world.  

Stereotype, prejudice, and discrimination are inter-relational concepts.  Yet, in order to address them properly we need to examine how they are engrained within us as much as how they are played out in intergroup relations.  Gorski, "Narrative of Whiteness and Multicultural Education," does exactly the former by examining his racial identity as a White and stereotypes revolving around whiteness.  Fleck also examines his own US-born stereotype and prejudice, but the main focus of his paper, "Understanding Cheating in Nepal," is a cross-cultural misunderstanding caused by different cultural assumptions and stereotypes about different people. 

Tuleja presents an extensive drama unit in which she skillfully ties these three concepts with the fundamental problem of power imbalance.  She introduces historical examples of stereotype, prejudice, and discrimination involving British and Irish and white Irish-Americans and African-Americans.  Williams promotes reduction of stereotypes and prejudice by introducing the concept of common humanity in a song, "Another Word for 'People,'" she wrote.

Swan and Weissbrot's study of Korean-American adolescents do not directly address the three core concepts of this issue.  Yet their study discusses the bicultural adaptation of Korean-American youths who are growing up as minorities in this White-dominant society.  

In this issue we have added paragraph numbers to assist readers with citation.  You may use the paragraph numbers in place of page numbers with which print materials are usually marked.  


Narrative of Whiteness and Multicultural Education

Paul Gorski
University of Maryland

ABSTRACT: My whiteness has allowed me to avoid internalizing the dialogue on how racial identity informs education.  Even as I taught classes on multicultural education, I forced on it in a purely sociopolitical nature without examining my own identity, lenses, and biases.  As I finally engaged in such a process, I found that it was not the experience of studying whiteness, but the process of examining my whiteness, that became vital to my development as an educator.


Understanding Cheating in Nepal

Chadwick Fleck
Quality Education for Minorities Network

ABSTRACT:  Teaching is a demanding profession in most any context, and teaching across cultures is a constant challenge. In this paper I will show that Americans and Nepalese have different ideas of what "cheating" is; that these ideas are culturally derived; and that their differences can be a source of conflict between American teachers and their Nepalese students and counterparts. To the extent that American and Nepalese cultures are representative of other Western and South Asian cultures respectively, this paper may provide useful information to teachers and students beyond America and Nepal.


Instructional Ideas

Using Drama as a Multicultural Tool 
to Visualize and Interpret Cultural Struggles and Issues

Cynthia J. Tuleja
Eastern College

ABSTRACT:  This instructional unit of 14 lessons uses drama as a multicultural tool to engage students as whole persons in the visualization and experience of cultural struggles and issues.  Role-playing and skits based on historical events serve to raise student awareness of the historic struggles of diverse cultures by placing students in the center of those struggles. Utilizing the classical film, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, students will analyze the Black and White racial stereotype and prejudice.  This unit juxtaposes the power imbalance between British and Irish with White Irish-Americans and African- Americans.

Another Word for "People"

Linda K. Williams
San Diego Unified School District

ABSTRACT: This song can be used by teachers or others concerned about multiculturalism to sow the seeds of tolerance.  Teachers can use it to bring about discussion in classroom.


Open Forum

A Generation in Transition

Charlie Swan and Jill Weissbrot
Eastern College

ABSTRACT: This qualitative study was conducted to echo the voices of Korean-American teenagers as they defined their ethnic identity. Utilizing qualitative interviews, focus group discussion, analysis, and interpretation, we identified various dimensions of their lives affected by the synthesis of Korean and American cultures. The youth revealed the union of Korean and American values within the areas of family relationships, Korean values, relationships with others, gender roles, and education. Our population found themselves living in a dualistic environment because neither culture embraces them fully. However, as they treasure aspects of both cultures, they are gradually transitioning into a unique, blended culture of their own.


Reviews of Resources

Literature for Young Readers

Professional Literature





Editor: Heewon Chang, Ph. D.
Assistant Editor: Lhaki Yee Ching Tang, 

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