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Rethinking 'Us' & 'Them': Integration and Diversity in Europe

Chapters 1 › Unit 1: Do you feel like part of the 'Us' or the 'Them'? View instructions Hide instructions

Do you feel like part of the 'Us' or the 'Them'?

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Tell us: Where do you fall on the ‘Us’ and ‘Them’ spectrum?

In this chapter, you've seen many examples of how diversity is understood and contested in Germany and Canada. We imagine you may want to comment on what you've heard and maybe even share your personal experiences. The 'Us' & 'Them' course community would love to hear from you:

Here are some guiding questions to draw from:

  • How is diversity perceived in your country?
  • How are the communities you identify with (race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, sex, gender...) represented in media and public life?
  • What examples can you mention or find that indicate your inclusion or exclusion from mainstream society?
  • What experiences have you had where others perceived you in a certain way based on how you look or where you come from? Were these correct or incorrect?
  • Does your country recognize itself as a country of immigration and in which ways? Do you see your country as a country of immigration?

Now what?
Click 'Start in Journal', and fill out the entry. How you do this is up to you: You can use just words, or add pictures or links to articles or videos to highlight your point!

Is this journal assignment required?
No! Nothing in our course is 'required', and there are no grades, but we encourage you to reflect on these topics and share if you feel comfortable, so that others in the course can benefit from your experiences.

P.K.

1 comment
  1. Not very well understood.
  2. Majority of middle class with partially or whole Chinese root, not the majority in number, but sound like they are the one that matter most (execpt for the ruling elite and business class)
  3. The misunderstanding of the middle class in capital, thinking the rural poors living off their taxes, while the capital city sucking about 70 percent of the country's budget.

  4. Not much , I look like the "majority".

  5. It pretends it does, it really does not. People living nowadays think of migration as "static", not recognizing themselves (or ancestors) as once immigrants as well.

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Hi Piya. It is fascinating how people forgot about their own migration histories, isn't it? (coming to your #5 point). I grew up in the US and while we love to call ourselves a country built on immigration, we seem to make the same mistakes over and over again in terms of being unwelcoming to certain groups at certain points in history and then forgetting about it later...

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