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EDUCATING: THE NEXT GENERATION

"Transcultural"

 

 

"Ribbon Dance" performed by Mandy Yu and other members of the Academy of Chinese Performing Arts. Video still from dress rehearsal in 1996.

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Cultural Transcendence

"Transcultural" connotes "beyond culture" in the sense that the barriers between traditional cultures, e.g., nationality based cultures, are transcended. Such a transcendence both is required for and a result of consensual decision making. However, the transcendence does not yield something that is not culture, but rather another culture of which consensual decision making is a part. Furthermore, the root cultures need not disappear, although some adaptation, even development, may be required to take part in the consensual decision making. Thus, "transculture" denotes a higher order culture superimposed over the root cultures of a multicultural society.

 

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Correlation of Transcultural Society and Consensual Society

In the concise statement of the theme, a "transcultural society" is presented as a multicultural society that employs consensual decision making. This should be read as a correlation, rather than a definition. Consideration should be given to the possibility of a transcultural society that does not employ consensual decision making. It is harder to imagine how a multicultural society that employed consensual decision making (to a significant extent) could not be transcultural; however, it should not be ruled out.

 

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Retaining Diversity

A more practical problem is the preservation of the distinctiveness of the root cultures given the overlaying transcendent culture. The danger is that the society would become more uniform and lose culture diversity. The loss of cultural diversity is undesirable for many reasons, including the loss of diversity in validation perspectives for consensual decision making.

 

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Education for Diversity

One possible antidote to loss of diversity is to provide immersion schools during childhood education. Every child can have a strong education within a root culture as a base from which to transcend cultural barriers. There is no reason that every child must be educated with the context of the same root culture. Thus, the transcultural society should foster the development of educational institutions representing different cultures.

 

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Transculture in Childhood

Of course, the children should be not isolated from other cultures. Every child should have at least one secondary culture and be exposed to a variety of cultures. The secondary culture serves as a counterpoint to the primary culture. The other cultures are presented perhaps of a buffet to sampled over time as interest dictates.

 

 

 

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