A good question which anyone can ask themselves “Am I a multicultural person?“. Perhaps before asking ourselves this question, we should make sure we understand what a multicultural person is. Well, a simple search online will give a countless number of definitions, e.g., “a person who can look at the world multiple different and perhaps conflicting ways at the same time“, “a person who can switch his/her behavior from one moment to the other“, “a person who feels a sense of attachment to multiple different places and ways of thinking“, “a person who is always in the process of becoming a part of and apart from a given cultural context” and a multicultural person is “a human being whose identifications and loyalties transcend the boundaries of nationalism“.
I think most of us agree about the fact that culture heavily influences our thoughts, beliefs, and how we have shaped ourselves to become who we are. I doubt there is someone who can say he/she is culture-free. So, being multicultural is perhaps very enriching as it gives us the ability to have an open mind and see the world from different perspectives, to be adaptable, to be interested in learning about cultures, and boost our personal growth. On the negative side, it might be confusing to become a multicultural person because it becomes harder for us to understand who we are, what we believe in, what our identity is, and what our values are.
For anyone who reads this post, I would like to hear your thoughts on what it means to you to be multicultural.
Below are some readings for your reference.