1000 Things You Should Know About Modern History by John Farndon

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They may even receive them from their teachers. Hence for many of them schooling is a continual fight against innumerable acts of discrimination. For while they feel the pressures of their families and communities to adhere to their 'ethnic' cultures, teachers and peer pressures propel them away from their cultures of origin. Young Black women are especially vulnerable to pressure, particularly from their parents, to conform to social and cultural patterns. The older generation are still generally from abroad but as primary immigration has closed, a much larger number are born in this country.

Interactivity has perhaps more possibility of developing inclusive and rooted understandings of 20 INTERCULTURALISM, EDUCATION AND INCLUSION being English. Are there possibilities of developing dynamic values which enhance the belongingness of all within the village? As the diversity in British society, initially based on the Scottish, Welsh, Irish and English nationhoods, is now enhanced by those who came from other countries, a new different paradigm is operationalised. As the colonies have disappeared, and the autonomous ex-colonial represents new realities, their contribution to the British polity is of a very complex nature.

Chinese men came in from the rural hinterland of Hong Kong to staff them. Originally they arrived as sojourners, without their families, sending back remittances, and hoping to return home eventually. But, by a strange irony, the Commonwealth Immigration Act of 1962, which limited the numbers of Commonwealth immigrants, and was designed as a brake on immigration, inadvertently turned them from sojourners into settlers. For as the demand for restaurant labour soared and single men could no longer be recruited, wives and other dependants came instead, creating for the first time a permanent Chinese community.

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