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Multiculturalism: Home

Resources on multiculturalism and diversity

What Is Culture?

athe customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group; also the characteristic features of everyday existence (such as diversions or a way of life) shared by people in a place or time; examples - popular culture, Southern culture
bthe set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization; example - a corporate culture
cthe set of values, conventions, or social practices associated with a particular field, activity, or societal characteristic
dthe integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior that depends upon the capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations

 

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Advisory Board for Multicultural Affairs at Mount Aloysius College

The Advisory Board for Multicultural Affairs at Mount Aloysius College has posted links for multicultural information on its webpage for students and employees.  This grouping of links has been compiled by the Coalition for Multicultural Affairs Resources.

The links are primarily for educational and community & cultural organizations in several ethnic groups which include

  • Asian Pacific Americans,
  • American Indians and Alaskans,
  • Hispanic and Latino/as and
  • Multiracial individuals.

Also included are links for 

  • Higher Education and Multiculturalism,
  • Job Searches in Higher Education, and
  • Online Journals and Publications related to these topics.

A short film production about Multiculturalism. Created to celebrate unity & harmony amongst the numerous ethnicities represented at Homebush Boys High for Multicultural day.  Filmed in Sydney, NSW, Australia.

General Organization of This Guide

The opening page, this page, of this guide offers definitions of culture and multiculturalism.  It is followed by one that presents several specialized search engines that are useful in locating information on different cultures, depending on the interests of the user.  Autobiographies and Memoirs are discussed briefly on the third page.  Examples of each of these genres, by African-American authors, are listed on this page.  A brief discussion of multicultural literature and stereotypes are the focus of the fourth page.  Randomly chosen titles of multicultural works of fiction accompany these discussions as well as two YouTube videos.

The remaining pages of this guide offer the user brief lists of selected works of fiction from several different geographic areas of the world as well as a variety of societal and ethnic groupings.  It is our hope that users will choose to read books that will enrich their worldview.  In the interests of space, only a few societies and geographic areas have been included here.  Also, for the most part, only the titles and authors of books are listed.  Users are encouraged to use a site, like Amazon.com, for descriptions of these books. In some cases, links are given to web pages that provide descriptions of the books on selected pages.

The lists of fiction titles from various cultures provided here are not intended to be comprehensive in any way.  Rather, these lists are meant to be starting points in your quest to discover worlds beyond the known and the familiar.  Well-known European and American authors and works that are considered to be "classics" are not, in general, included here.

 

 

Abhi Sharma from India, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

MULTICULTURALISM - a definition

Multiculturalism seeks the inclusion of the views and contributions of diverse members of society while maintaining respect for their differences and withholding the demand for their assimilation into the dominant culture.

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Purpose of This Guide

The purpose of this guide is to serve as a research aid for locating information on various cultures and the literature, both contemporary and traditional, of those cultures.  The implicit invitation to the users of this guide is that they use these tools, particularly the works of fiction suggested here, to explore particular cultures that are of interest to them on a journey to greater global awareness.

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Interlibrary Loan

  • Not all books listed in this resource guide are in the Mount Aloysius College Library.
  • Once you have decided which book(s) you would like to read, check in the online book catalog, Mountlink, for availability.
  • If the book is not listed in the MAC online book catalog, you can order it through interlibrary loan (ILL).
  • The link for interlibrary loan services (ILL) is located on the main Library webpage, under "Contact Us."
  • There is no charge for this service.
  • Most libraries, including ours, do not loan books with a current publication date.  
  • You will be notified via College email when your book has been received; you can pick it up at the Library circulation desk. 
  • Be sure to have your College ID card with you.
  • Please honor the due date for any books that you are borrowing through ILL.  Requests for renewals should be sent via College email to mlykens@mtaloy.edu.  You will be notified via email if a new due date has been granted by the loaning Library.

Multiculturalism is important because it dilutes and dissipates the divisiveness of ignorance. It is important because it encourages dialogue,often between radically different cultures that have radically different perspectives.
 Toronto Star: Opinion.  "The value of multiculturalism." The Toronto Star.  January 01, 2007. https://www.thestar.com/opinion/2007/01/01/the_value_of_multiculturalism.html  December 28, 2020.