Multiculturalism Is…

Multiculturalism is a smorgasbord of things.

Multiculturalism is a thing that usually makes its presence felt in the smallest of ways.

Multiculturalism is the undisturbed presence of cultural festivals and ethnic restaurants in our community.

Rain or shine, respecting one another regardless or race and letting them go about doing their own thing is the true essence of multiculturalism. Photo by Mabel Kwong.

Rain or shine, respecting one another regardless or race and letting them go about doing their own thing is the true essence of multiculturalism. Photo by Mabel Kwong.

Multiculturalism is attending cultural festivals and ethnic restaurants that serve up pungent-smelling yet mouth-watering ethnic cuisine.

Multiculturalism is eating ethnic cuisine, think dim-sums and dumplings, after a late night out.

Multiculturalism is hailing a taxi after a late night out and having polite small chatter with the migrant taxi driver during the ride home.

Multiculturalism is welcoming migrants, international students and expats and becoming friends with them.

Multiculturalism is accepting the fact that our mobile friends possess multiple identities which are influenced by the various cultures they have come into contact with and gained from traversing the globe.

Multiculturalism is conceding that we all speak with different accents and even if we speak the same languages, not all of us speak them with the same fluency.

Multiculturalism is recognising that not everyone around us speaks the same language, and we still make the effort to communicate with them.

Multiculturalism is communicating and hanging out with friends of different races.

Multiculturalism is acknowledging the existence of different races around us, and that many people around us have different cultural backgrounds.

Multiculturalism is respecting everyone’s cultural backgrounds and their religion.

Multiculturalism is keeping an open mind about religion, appreciating traditional customs.

Multiculturalism is learning to understand the significance of traditional customs and their place in history.

Multiculturalism is admitting that some of us, no matter where we are from, have shared histories and similar experiences – therefore similarities.

Multiculturalism is warming towards people who are similar to us in certain ways and taking an interest their differences.

Multiculturalism is embracing people’s differences no matter how disconcerting they may be to us, assuming a positive attitude towards them.

Multiculturalism is adopting non-judgmental attitudes towards everyone around us, genuinely perceiving everyone as beautiful no matter the colour of their skin.

Multiculturalism is you and I, living harmoniously on equal footing

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