Ethnicity and Nationality Narrative Essay

Ethnicity and Nationality
An analysis of the differences between ethnicity and nationality and how these would relate to a person of Chinese origin who grew up in America.
# 107503 | 2,022 words | 6 sources | APA | 2007 | US
Published on Sep 04, 2008 in English (Narrative) , Ethnic Studies (General) , Political Science (General)

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This paper examines and analyzes the differences between ethnicity and nationality. The paper particularly analyzes the issues from the personal point of view of the writer who is of Chinese origin, but grew up in America. The paper looks at the differences between primordialism and instrumentalism and how they affect the questions relating to ethnicity and nationality.

From the Paper:

"In George Orwell's Politics and the English Language, Orwell takes adds a slightly different perspective because he argues that individuals, even those who are not involved in the conflict itself, also have responsibilities. Orwell explains that much of "political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible. Things like the continuance of British rule in India, the Russian purges and deportations, the dropping of the atom bombs on Japan, can indeed be defended." (Orwell, 519) So it is up to the individuals to not believe these messages. Therefore in Bosnia, it's up to the Serbians to not buy into the "Kill all Croats" propaganda, and vice versa. Orwell goes further in depth by explaining that these conflicts are self-perpetuating because once they start, certain words begin to form connotations. He uses the example of democracy: "not only is there no agreed definition, but the attempt to make one is resisted from all sides. It is almost universally felt that when we call a country democratic we are praising it" (Orwell, 517). Therefore, in the Bosnian conflict, words like "Serbs, Croats, Hutus" all begun to have certain emotions and connotation, which only made the conflicts worse. So, he challenges individuals to "at least change [their] own habits" because the "invasion of one's mind by ready-made phrases can be prevented if one is constantly on guard against them, and every such phrase anaesthetizes a portion of one's brain" (Orwell, 522). Hence, Orwell disagrees with Weschler and Vermeer because he believes not only should we hold individuals like Tadi accountable, but we should also hold ourselves partially responsible for conflicts within our society."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brunner, Borgna & Johnson, David. "Timeline: The Former Yugoslavia- From World War I to the splintering of the country." 2000-2007. Pearson Education. 4 November 2007 <>
  • Merriam & Webster Online. 2007. 7 December 2007 <>
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  • Orwell, George. "Politics and the English Language." Occasions for Writing: Evidence, Idea, Essay. Ed. Robert DiYanni & Pat C. Hoy II. New York: Lyn Uhl, 2008. 514-522.
  • Tucker, Joshua. (2007) The Former Yugoslavia, [Lecture on Ethnic Conflict- Comparative Politics]. 5 December 2007.

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