Re: Intracultural variation

Cliff Sloane (cesloane@MAROON.TC.UMN.EDU)
Tue, 2 May 1995 23:37:30 -0500

I hope I am not speaking for the original poster too much. I believe the
question came, in part, from comments that Russell Jacoby has been making
in the media recently. I only heard him briefly on the radio, so my
paraphrase of Mr. Jacoby may well be inaccurate.

He was commenting that multiculturalism in America is already too late,
that the alleged cultural diversity within America is actually quite
minimal compared to analogous diversities across national boundaries. THe
advocates of multiculturalism are bemoaning the Americanness they already
possess. Thus, he concluded, a 3rd generation Chinese American had more
in common with a 3rd generation Irish American than with a Chinese national.

Anyone want to try to expand on this?