2011ch1Intro

2011ch1Intro - An American Cultural Course University of...

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An American Cultural Course University of California - Berkeley Cultural Psychology Week 2 Introduction Kaiping Peng, Ph.D Department of Psychology University of California-Berkeley
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Session 1. Why should we care about culture?
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Why should we care? Ethnic Diversities? Clash of civilizations? Economic globalization? Paradigm shift in psychology? Intellectual curiosity? Personal enlightenment? Cultural competent?
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The Curious Case of Barack Obama
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The Curious Case of Barack Obama First African American President First Second-Generation of American (an immigrant’s son, Andrew Jackson is the third generation) First President who is has no linked to colonial ancestors First president who lived in Asia as a child First president who has Muslim middle name First president who is from a mixed race parents
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A. The changing demography of the US Total: 311 million Whites remained the largest ethnic group in the US (66%% by the US Census July 1, 2006). But in 1900, about 1 out of 8 Americans was of a race other than white; now 1 out of 3; The Hispanic population was more than doubled in size from 1980 to 2006 (the second largest ethnic group by the 2006 Census, 14.8%); The minority group grew 11 times as rapidly as the White non-Hispanic population between 1980 and now.
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A. The changing demography of the US Blacks, the third largest ethnic group by the 2006 Census (13.4%), has been the most regionally concentrated ethnic group, half of them still live in the south; The same for Asian and Pacific Islanders, the fourth largest ethnic group by the 2006 Census (5.8%), half of them live in the West. Two or more races: 2% Native Americans: 0.68% The most ethnically divisive states in the US are: Hawaii, New Mexico, Mississippi, Texas, and California
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APA Recommendation "During the past 50 years, "race" has been scientifically proven to not be a real, natural phenomenon. More specific, social categories such as "ethnicity" or "ethnic group" are more salient for scientific purposes and have fewer of the negative, racist connotations for which the concept of race was developed."
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Race is a cultural phenomenon " Yet the concept of race has become thoroughly--and perniciously--woven into the cultural and political fabric of the United States. It has become an essential element of both individual identity and government policy. Because so much harm has been based on "racial" distinctions over the years, correctives for such harm must also acknowledge the impact of "racial" consciousness among the U.S. populace, regardless of the fact that "race" has no scientific justification in human biology. "
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B. Clash of civilizations? Francis Fukuyama (1989): The End of History? What we may be witnessing is not just the end of the cold war but the end of history as such: that is, the end point of mankind s ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government
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Clash of civilizations? Huntington (1993) Clash of Civilizations
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