America as a Culturally Diverse Nation Term Paper

America as a Culturally Diverse Nation
A discussion on diversity in the USA and its demographic, political, social and cultural implications.
# 154072 | 1,491 words | 5 sources | 2013 | US
Published on Nov 16, 2014 in Ethics (General)


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"Immigration to the USA has been a major demographic, political, social and cultural factor throughout the entire history of the country. This multi-faceted and sufficiently controversial process has resulted in forming the nation that recognizes the cultural and ethnic diversity as its basic characteristic and, at the same time, is unified and integrated into a single American nation. Such a situation that is unique in modern history can be regarded as challenging enough for the nation; therefore, the need to understand better "other" residents of the country and find ways of relating to them is a commitment both for official authorities and every U.S. citizen. Fostering tolerance and mutual understanding between groups of the nation that differ in their cultural backgrounds and ethnic origin should be achieved through raising awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity and by popularizing the information about the demographic trends of the nation.
The data readily available for any person who would like to know about the current demographic trends and what they mean in the near future clearly demonstrates that the U.S.A. will become an even more culturally diverse nation than it is today. The United States alone accepts more immigrants as permanent residents than all the other countries of the world combined (U.S. population hits 300 million, 2006). The rates of the population growth in the country are maintained primarily due to immigration, mostly from Latin American and Asian countries (U.S. population hits 300 million, 2006). These data are corroborated by the information of the U.S. Census Bureau. For example, the current rate of the U.S. Hispanic population is 14 percent versus 4 percent in 1968, while in 2050 the projected level may amount to 25 percent (Unites States Census Bureau. U.S. Population Projections, 2012). Other convincing data represent the projected overall growth of the nation from 314 million in 2012 to 420 million in 2060, with 400 million reached in 2051. At approximately the same time, in 2043, the minority population is expected to become the numerical majority (Unites States Census Bureau, 2012). The share of non-Hispanic white population will decrease from 63 percent in 2012 to 43 percent in 2060 while the Hispanic populations over the same period will almost double (17 percent versus 31 percent). The Asian population and people of two or more races will also account for a larger share of population (Unites States Census Bureau, 2012)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Diner, H.R. (1983). Erin's Daughters in America: Irish Immigrant Women in the Nineteenth Century. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Hundal, S. (2007, 19 March). Why multiculturalism matters. The Guardian. Retrieved from http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2007/mar/19/mondaymediasection8
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  • United States Census Bureau. U.S. Population Projections (2012). Retrieved from http://www.census.gov/newsroom/cspan/pop_proj/
  • U.S. population hits 300 million (2006). China View. Retrieved from http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-10/17/content_5215770.htm

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