Multiculturalism is a buzzword that seems to be tossed about in political discourse, but what is it?
Multiculturalism is about different cultures coexisting. Multicultural societies have thrived because people learn to embrace cross-cultural communication. As we live in a proud multicultural society we must appreciate, be sensitive to, accommodate and most importantly, celebrate cultural differences if we are to maintain harmony.
In contemporary society, many people in culturally diverse areas practice cross-cultural communication quite naturally in everyday contexts. You’ll know you’ve mastered the subtlety of it when you successfully converse with someone from a different cultural background to yours, and without (fully) understanding the language you speak, they respond with vigour! This is because cross cultural communication can transcend language barriers. You can still effectively communicate through body language, gesticulation and a good old smile.