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Understanding ethnicity as a culture

Diversity initiatives have led to ethnically blended workplaces.
Diversity initiatives have led to ethnically blended workplaces.
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Some people become confused at the similarity of racial and national cultures as compared to ethnic cultures. The easiest way to clarify the difference is to consider that racial groups spread across many nations, national cultures are limited to a single nation and ethnicity relates to a common heritage.

Consider the Hispanic population. All Hispanic subcultures can be traced back to Spain. The base language is Spanish regardless of whether it is a Catalonian, Mexican or Cuban dialect which is now spoken. Despite the common heritage and similar language there are definite differences between Hispanics and Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean islands. Across all these subcultures there is the common heritage that ties back to Spain and whether the national culture had an impact because they were a Spanish conquered nation or the Spanish conquering nation the common thread of being Hispanic runs deep.

Predominant subcultures:

  • African-American
  • African-Caribbean
  • African
  • Indian (So. Asian)
  • Hawai'ian
  • Italian
  • Hispanic
  • Chaldean
  • Russian
  • Hungarian
  • Chinese
  • Hmung
  • Eastern European
  • Latino
  • Argentine

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