The advertisements were aired to raise awareness about the harms of racism against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. They featured a number of scenarios. A man sits next to an Aboriginal youth in a shopping centre — only for a man, the so-called invisible discriminator, to whisper in his ear: The next scene, we see a woman walk into a corner shop getting herself a pint of milk:
I'll never forget the sights or smells of the bustling city markets, or the tableau Cultural diversity and china stylish ballroom dancers waltzing, without music, in a park in central Beijing. Even more fascinating than these exotic images, however, are the cross-cultural insights I gained during my observations in three memorable classrooms.
The most important souvenir I brought home was an appreciation for how culturally-determined beliefs, values, and goals are reflected in individuals' definitions of childhood, parenting, and teaching.
This article examines some differences that become apparent when we compare child-rearing practices in modern America with modern mainland China. Like Janet Gonzalez-MenaI am learning to "broaden my own perspective of what's normal - to quit applying a single standard for adaptive, healthy, and competent behaviors" p.
My hope is that this glimpse of interesting, far-away classrooms and this commentary on the ways these settings reflect teachers' and parents' most fundamental beliefs about independence, cooperation, and originality, will enable readers to better appreciate the links between culture, child care and schooling.
These vignettes and observations might well inspire those who work with young children and their families to adopt a culturally pluralistic perspective, to celebrate rather than ignore their students' diverse cultural heritages.
Childhood in Modern China: The Impact of the One Child Policy Those who want to understand childhood and parenting in modern China need to appreciate the profound effect of the official "one child policy.
During that era Chairman Mao was encouraging large families because he believed a growing population would supply the work force necessary to make the country's drive toward modernization a success. Today's parents probably have many siblings.
Growing up, their homes were likely to have been crowded, busy places. As children they were most likely looked after, and in turn took care of, several brothers and sisters.
Interacting with siblings, cousins and other relatives was an important part of family life. By the mids it was becoming increasingly apparent that Mao's policy makers had overlooked the fact that with each pair of hands to do the work came an additional hungry mouth to feed.
Food shortages and crowding overextended China's sagging infrastructure, and officials began efforts to curb the exploding population. In the one-child policy, which exerts severe social and economic penalties on large families, was enacted into law.
Enforcement is likely to be more lax in agricultural areas where extra hands are still needed to ensure an efficient planting season and a successful harvest, but the overall effect of these efforts is impressive.
By the birthrate had stabilized at about 1. The one-child policy is creating far reaching cultural changes as it forces compliance with government mandates that run counter to traditional values.
Parents seem to feel they are sacrificing their personal happiness for the common good as they create families very different from those of their youth. These concerns appear to be well founded, for observers decry the " syndrome" - four doting grandparents, two overindulgent parents, all investing their hopes and ambitions on "an emerging generation of spoiled, lazy, selfish, self-centered and overweight children" Deane,p.
Media leaders as well as educators have reacted to concerns about children's social competence by concentrating their efforts on enhancing children's social development. Producers adapting Sesame Street for Chinese audiences have noted the changed make-up of modern Chinese families and have created special segments that coach children in the skills they need to enter social groups, cooperate, and get along with playmates Tung, Teachers who feel pressure to counteract the "spoiling" effects of indulgent parents and grandparents build opportunities for successful social interactions and experiences caring for others into children's school routines and activities.
These efforts were evident at the June 1st Kindergarten in Beijing. There we saw a classroom for 4-year-olds were close-to-thirty very young children were expected to share limited supplies and resources and to care for themselves and their classmates during toileting, washing, and other personal care routines.
These are interesting examples of how cultural values and practices are reflected in China's popular culture and schools for young children.
Residential Childcare in China In the large, bright classroom for four-year-olds there was a reading corner, tables for craft projects, plenty of open space for active play, and a cupboard where each child returned his or her white enamel cup after the mid-morning snack.
Just beyond the adjoining lavatory was a bunk room with 32 little beds, each with an identical comforter neatly folded at its foot. That image became a common one: A striking characteristic of China's child care system is the popularity of residential programs for 2-to-6 year-olds.
It is a given that able-bodied adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s work full-time. That means that all families need to find reliable child care for their toddlers and preschoolers.
One option is for children to spend their days with their grandmothers, who face mandatory retirement in their early-to-mid-fifties. This practice dismayed our group of American early childhood professionals. They expressed opinions similar to those of Goldman who questioned the advisability of enrolling children in boarding school during their preschool years, when week-long separations may have a detrimental affect on important mother-child and family bonds.
At first it was a shock to visit dormitories full of thirty or forty little beds in neat, tight rows. We had to stop saying, "Oh, those poor little children, away from their mothers and fathers all day and all night. Visits to boarding schools in Beijing and Shanghai showed us Chinese teachers doing an excellent job caring for and caring about young children day in and day out.
Those children's experiences are dramatically different from those of typical 20th century American children.CULTURAL DIVERSITY AND BIODIVERSITY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT 1 CULTURAL DIVERSITY AND BIODIVERSITY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT A jointly convened UNESCO and UNEP high-level Roundtable held on.
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This tapestry is 8 meters in length and meters in height, and depicts 61 people representing the 56 ethnic groups in modern China, showing the great cultural diversity of the country. The weavers used strands of silk in different colors to spin over a thousand different shades of silk thread creating a lifelike spectrum out of silk.
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