Electronic Magazine of Multicultural Education

SPRING 2001     http://www.eastern.edu/publications/emme    Vol. 3, No. 1

Theme: International Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity

| This Issue | Articles | Instructional Ideas | Reviews | Contributors |
| Denny | Chang and Dodd | Haug | Mason | Wlazlinski |

[ Literature for Young Readers | Professional Literature | Films and Videos | Websites ]

 

ABOUT THIS ISSUE

Overview
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This issue of Spring 2001 focuses on the question how race and ethnicity are perceived and played out in international contexts.  Three articles, two instructional ideas, and reviews of juvenile and professional literature and multimedia resources contain various perspectives, illustrations, and manifestations of racial and ethnic issues of the world, primarily beyond the borders of the United States. 

Articles include one annotated bibliography with a theoretical essay and two case studies.   Chang and Dodd's article provides an informative annotated bibliography of books and journal articles, focusing on the relationship between racial/ethnic differences and conflicts.  The annotations are categorized by continents and type of literature.  Denny's and Haug's case studies of two nations examine the implications of a national policy pertaining to unity and diversity.  Denny provides an excellent analysis of a national language movement in Malaysia, a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual nation.  Haug's ethnography centers around the national curriculum of ethnic/racial plurality and children's response to it in Belize.  

Two instructional ideas of Wlanzski and Mason are broadly related to the theme of the issue.   Wlanzski's detailed lesson plan on Chinese calendar contains several extension activities that may promote a further understanding of the Chinese ethnicity and culture.  Mason's essay on peace education promotes mutual understanding across differences locally and globally.  Provided racial and ethnic differences, perceived or real, often evoke conflicts between groups, Mason's vision of world peace is relevant. 

Articles dealing with other international cases can be found in previous issues of EMME: Lukiv's discussion of the changing policy of Canada regarding Aboriginal education and Tun's personal account of ethnicity in Myanmar. 

Reviews of resources include 5 reviews on literature for young readers, mostly appropriate for young adult readers, 5 reviews on professional literature, 6 reviews on domestic and national films, and 6 reviews on websites. 

Articles

 

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON RACE AND ETHNICITY: 
An Annotated Bibliography

 Heewon Chang and Timothy Dodd
Eastern College
U. S. A.

Abstract: This annotated bibliography includes an introductory essay exploring racial and ethnic issues in international contexts--excluding the U. S.--and an annotated bibliography of 20 books and 13 journal articles pertaining to the topic.  The resources are organized by continent and type of the literature.

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CULTURAL STRIFE:
Development of a National Language IN Malaysia

John T. Denny
National Kaohsiung Normal University
Taiwan

Abstract: This paper utilizes a social perspective to describe the issues viewed as central to national identity building, focusing on cultural, educational, and language policy in Malaysia. This historical sketch illustrates the events culminating in the perceived need for massive social engineering dominated by Malay cultural attributes in the pluralistic society. It must be understood that Malaysia has seen great civil unrest in its struggle for a harmonious identity. Therefore the emphasis on language planning from the early stages is used as justification in an attempt to reduce possibility of further massive civil unrest.

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ETHNIC, MULTI-ETHNIC, AND NATIONALIST IDENTITY IN BELIZE:
Voices of Belizean Children 

Sarah Woodbury Haug
Pennsylvania State University
U. S. A.

Abstract: This paper discusses ethnicity and nationalism in children in the rural community of Punta Gorda, Belize. Ethnicity and nationalism are important aspects of identity in Belize because of a deliberate government policy to teach about these identities in the schools. My purpose in this paper is to contrast what is taught in schools about ethnicity and nationalism with how children describe their own identities.

 

Instructional Ideas

 

PEACE EDUCATION: 
The Emerging Curriculum?
 

Ann Mason
Pulteney Grammar School
Australia

Abstract: This essay describes the ideological foundation of peace education and documents instructional activities that Australian students from Pulteney Grammar School have undertaken to promote world peace. " Pulkids" share their ideas of peace in their website.

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TEACHING ABOUT CULTURAL DIVERSITY: 
Fun Activities Using the Chinese Calendar

Mae Lombos Wlazlinski
Berry College 
U. S. A.

Abstract: This lesson plan uses the Chinese calendar as the focal point to teach the Chinese culture and to incorporate other cultures into the discussion of cultural diversity. It provides a variety of fun and informative hands-on activities through which students will learn and enjoy the rich backgrounds and traditions that Chinese immigrants bring into America.

 

Reviews of Resources

 

LITERATURE FOR YOUNG READERS

PROFESSIONAL LITERATURE

WEBSITES

FILMS AND VIDEOS

 

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