Multiculturalism and Interculturalism

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A recent report by Deakin University on the current status of multiculturalism in Australia re-affirms that the general public support multiculturalism in Australia, with a good understanding and acceptance of multiculturalism as cultural diversity.

Meanwhile, the report raises awareness of the concept of interculturalism, which is defined as two-way engagement amongst the majority and minority groups. Interestingly, this is somewhat of a new concept as 60% of respondents indicated that they were not previously aware of the concept.

While Australia is perceived as one of the most successful multicultural countries in the world, it’s important to act on multiculturalism at a deeper and more meaningful level through intercultural dialogues based on the equality, respect, understanding and policy changes in society.

Recognising and celebrating cultural diversity is not enough. To read the report, please go to http://www.deakin.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/1145835/The-Doing-Diversity-Project.pdf

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