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Hester RACISM in British Folk Movement (84* d) RE: RACISM in British Folk Movement 25 Apr 03

Hi, Don:

Interesting points.

Here in Canada, we try to welcome newcomers and their traditions while retaining those we already have. In contrast to the "Melting Pot" idea of American culture, we strive for a "Mosaic" of multi-culturalism. Of course, that doesn't exclude new "fusions" of cultural ideas either. In fact we see those hybrids as particularly Canadian. I don't think culture is a zero sum game. More traditions from other lands ADD to the richness of the culture, and complement, rather than compete with, earlier customs.

Your point about First Nations culture and language in North America is an important one. However, the situation is not comparably to Britain. Spanish, English and French imperialists forcibly conquered North America and actively attempted to eradicate the culture and language of the indigenous peoples. Modern Asian and African mmigrants to Britain have no such political power or intent.

Cheers, Hester

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