Multiculturalism In Kristen Lee's What Is Cultural Identity

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Culture is more than just a part of a person’s daily life, it is an aspect of us that shapes the way we view others and the world. Our cultures are dynamic and often entails distinct values, morals, beliefs, and items that came from many generations. How much does culture really inform the way we view others and the world though? Some people may say that their culture significantly informs the way they view others and the world or some may also say culture does not inform the way they view others and the world. Therefore, to some extent, culture informs the way all people view others and the world. So what other aspects besides culture, informs the way people view others and the world? In, “What is Cultural Identity,” by Elise Trumbull and …show more content…
Kristen Lee talks about the term HAPA and how it defines her multiple cultures. She embraces this term that she learned in college while studying in Hawaii, and she learned to use it a lot when others asked her who she was. (NPR 1.) Kristen Lee uses her HAPA identity to challenge the ignorance of people through her quote stating, “I feel like a society that focuses on black and white does not recognize my unique multicultural experience,” (NPR 1-2,) while avoiding to use her culture to defend her position. By using her HAPA identity as a means to look at problems in society, like how many people ask her what she is based on her looks, Kristen Lee uses her identity which informs the way she views others and the world. Furthermore, by using the HAPA identity, which is based on Kristen’s multi-ethnic background, Kristen’s culture, to some extent, informs the way she views others and the world and it shows how she and other people, would use an identity to inform the way they view others and the world besides …show more content…
Liz states in her article that, “Race is complicated, especially for those who do not fit into the black and white binary that usually frames conversations about race in this country (America). This, I suspect, is one of the reasons why I have seen such varied responses to Ferguson in my Asian American circles. I have seen Asian Americans lamenting and protesting; I have seen Asian Americans declaring that no injustice was done; but more often than not, I have seen Asian Americans completely silent.” Liz Lin basically states how being a certain race can affect your views on society, especially being of the Asian American race. By saying that people of Asian American race have different views on society, mainly staying quiet, unlike people of races that have been socially divided in the past (white and black races,) Liz basically states how being a certain race can affect your views on society, especially being of the Asian American race. Therefore, if culture, to some extent, informs the way people view others and the world, then race would be another factor besides culture that informs the way people view others and the world because it (race) is playing a huge role in the events taking place at Ferguson right now besides

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