1) How does your cultural and ethnic identity influence who you are, especially in cultures such as Canada or the United States, ect where there is a huge veriety of cultures and ethnicities living together?
2) How does living surrounded by different cultures and identities influence you?
I think that your identity in terms of what culture you are from or what ethnicity can influence you to some degree, or at least give you some sense of who you are. For example, the vast majority of my family going back many many generations has been of British ancestry. My family moved from Britain to Canada over a hundred years ago... probably before Canada became a country, so we tend to think of ourselves as simply Canadian rather than the children or grandchildren of immigrants. For me, this has influenced my appreciate for Canadian history a lot, and my own sort of identity as a Canadian and my commitment to Canada (by that I mean that I'd pretty much refuse to live anywhere else unless soemthing drastic happened). This, in turn, has enveloped into other parts of my life and thinking, including things related to my second question. I'm not exactly sure how my ethnicity has made any difference in itself... but perhaps being a sort of quintessential white-guy-with-blue-eyes has made some small difference that I'm unable to identify. I havn't really asked, untill now, what it means to other people to be of the heritage they are, and I've always wondered.
Being surrounded by other cultures is something else in itself. Having grown up with a lot of kids of different cultures and ethnicities, its just sort of normal, almost like being colour blind so to speak. So, that in itself I think means that being around different ethnicities has no effect because it is just normal. However, we do point out and discuss ethnicity, so it is something we are aware of, which for some doesn't make a difference, for others it may lead to racism, and for some others it may do soemthing entirely different... I'm not really sure. One difference being around all these people of different colutres is that you can really learn a lot and be more "global" in your thinking. Just by talking to my circle of friends and aquantances, I could probably learn a lot about various parts of the world from first hand experience without leaving a single room, which is like fodder for Ne
What are your thoughts on psychology and ethnicity/cultural identity?