What Exactly Is “Ethnic”? Is The Word “Ethnic” Relevant Anymore Today?

Do I see myself as “ethnic”? Someone of “ethnic background”?

I’m a Chinese person living in Australia, so I should, shouldn’t I?

Depending on where you are in the world, the definition of “ethnic” seems to vary slightly.

The word "ethnic" is about exclusion and segregation. Photo: Mabel Kwong

The word “ethnic” is about exclusion and segregation. Photo: Mabel Kwong

The dictionary definition of “ethnic” actually forms a firm basis to think about this word. This concept. According to these standards, “ethnic” refers to the “characteristic(s) of a sizable group of people sharing a common and distinctive racial, national, religious, linguistic, or cultural heritage”. Certain markers ascribe belonging to particular ethnic groups.

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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.

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