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Aladdin wrote: »
Funnily enough, when parts of Spain (Andalucia, to be precise) were under Moorish rule, you could say the region enjoyed a perfect multicultural society. Muslims, Christians and Jews all lived together in harmony and kept their own identity and culture while interacting with each other.
Then the Catholics retook Andalucia, and everything went to shit. But that's another story.
Teagan wrote: »
Wow! And they haven't been integrated into the community by migration and marriage etc? They are still distinctly Yemeni after nearly 100 years? that's amazing.
Flashman's Ghost wrote: »
I think you mean multiracial rather than multicultural, as apart from some small Indian tribes at the periphery, Brazil is very monoculture.
I'm With Stupid wrote: »
It is now. I'm guessing that when the Portuguese settlers and African slaves first settled, they didn't have a lot in common though. It would be silly to suggest that there weren't two distinct cultures present there. Compare that to the US, where you have exactly the same situation, and yet to this day, you often have often separate and very distinct black, white and native cultures.
A multi-racial society is a perfect indicator of a society where different cultures are not seen as a barrier. Compare that to a society in which people will look down on marrying outside their clan, for example, or simply never have the opportunity, because everyone just sticks to their own group socially. And multi-racial societies are another good indicator because race is the most obvious indicator of someone coming from a particular cultural background. Which isn't to suggest that racism doesn't occur in Brazil or that there aren't many gaps in opportunities between the races, but what there isn't is the apparent clash of cultures you sometimes see in other countries.