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Multicultural Children’s Literature as an Instrument of Power



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Multicultural Children s Literature 1 Ashley Aitken Jenn Cloutier Kalvin Hermoso Professor Bashforth 4 21 2008 Online Important Useful quotes in yellow Multicultural Children s Literature as an Instrument of Power Multicultural Children s Literature as an Instrument of Power sets out to examine the different layers of the broad umbrella of multicultural literature which teachers use in the classroom The multicultural literature conveys assimilation pluralism which creates a sense of racial harmony but neglects the power struggle of the different races On the contrary there are children s literatures which do convey the power struggle that these races are facing by placing alternative motives beneath the surface of the story Stuart H D Ching s article will be helpful for answering the prompt as it will create an appreciation for other cultures and their languages Ching states that there are two main goals that multicultural children s literature must fulfill assimilative pluralism and to express the power struggle in society Assimilation Pluralism is explained as the standards that different cultures had no share in making and that they may dislike even as it presents these requirements as the bedrock of orderly freedom Ching 130 Although this creates stereotypes of racial groups and cultures these standards are very difficult to criticize because they seem inclusive neutral and unifying rather than racial and divisive Ching 130 Ching explains that in these certain books the authors tend to focus on tangible traits that overlook deeper ideologies Ching 129 The focus on these traits can be seen in the book So Far from the Sea which is a book based on Internment of Japanese Multicultural Children s Literature 2 Americans Ching explains Sympathy for suffering enables readers to affirm a stance of moral correctness while overlooking ethical deliberation of power 130 He explains that in the story although the internment case was solved and was a thing that happened long



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