What is multicultural literature?

What is multicultural literature?

Multicultural literature has different definitions depending on who you’re talking to. I think in the extreme people think it’s basically all literature that includes every culture. And that’s fine ideally, but then it means we don’t need that definition of multicultural literature that’s different from literature in general. I tend to focus my part of […]

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Israel’s Armenian Community

Israel’s Armenian Community

Welcome. There are about 11,000 Armenians in Israel, 2,000 of them live in the city of Haifa. They continue to maintain their culture, language, customs and their social religious heritage. We were the first community in the world to accept Christianity in 301 CE, when our nation collectively converted to Christianity. Later the Armenians came […]

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Camp CommUNITY Promo Video

Camp CommUNITY Promo Video

Welcome to Camp CommUNITY: a gathering of high school leaders who come here from varied backgrounds, ethnicities, and cultures. These young people could not be more different. “Are you ready?” And that’s the idea. During the next few days, they’ll explore their differences and discover common ground; all while finding their way to a better […]

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Growing a community through immigration

Growing a community through immigration

The Provincial Nominee Program in Manitoba was started because employers couldn’t find the number of staff that they needed to keep their companies running, so that was a big deal for employers and that was something we needed to fix. Before the program started, our businesses weren’t able to expand. Some of them were considering […]

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Cultural Dimension: direct versus indirect communication style

Cultural Dimension: direct versus indirect communication style

Direct versus indirect communication Different cultures favorite different communication styles A direct communications style is one in which the burden of communication is on the speaker that person is expected to be clear Get to the point be specific A good direct speaker is one who ensures that the listeners understand what is being said […]

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Cultural Dimension: me or we

Cultural Dimension: me or we

Individualism or collectivism? Do you define yourself as an “I” or a “we”? In considering cultural dimensions or attributes individualism the “I” prefers independence and self-reliance As an individual you are expected to take care of yourself and your immediate family but you have no obligation to the larger community. Cultures which focus on individualism […]

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Cultural Dimension: low versus high power distance

Cultural Dimension: low versus high power distance

POWER DISTANCE Do you feel more comfortable working in a strong hierarchy or do you prefer a sense of equality with all of your colleagues? This sensibility is called “power distance” and it concerns the degree to which power is distributed and expected in an organization or other culture. How does an individual, or group […]

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Cultural authenticity

Cultural authenticity

Cultural authenticity is I think hard to define and complex. I used to try to say that a person who is a member of the group that is being written about, if you will, or the cultural milieu that is being written about should recognize it as true, should feel true to such a person. […]

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Cultural Dimension: time versus relationship

Cultural Dimension: time versus relationship

Time or relationship? How do you or your company approach work? Are the people or the task more important? Which takes precedence? On one end of this spectrum is a strong focus on time and task. Nurturing your relationships with co-workers or clients is much less important than simply getting the work done and getting […]

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Cultural Dimension: display of emotion

Cultural Dimension: display of emotion

If there is conflict at work, how do you demonstrate your emotions? when you’re angry, thrilled or otherwise feel strongly about an issue, do you heat up or do you cool down? This demonstrative spectrum runs from hot to cold. From very loud to very soft. From very verbal to very restrained. Some cultures favor […]

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