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Multicultural Matrix and Analysis

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MulticulturalMatrix and Analysis Worksheet


PartI: Select and identify six groups in the left-hand column. Completethe matrix.

PartII: Write a summary.

PartIII: Format references consistent with APA guidelines.

Part I: Matrix

What is the group’s history in the United States?

What is the group’s population in the United States?

What are some attitudes and customs people of this group may practice?

What is something you admire about this group’s people, lifestyle, or society?

Native Americans

Their history kicked off in the Pre-Columbian era, whereby Christopher Columbus’ ships landed in the Bahamas 12,000 years ago.

From the U.S. Census Bureau, there are currently approximate 4.5 million Native Americans. That’s about 1.5 percent of the population

They believed in the Great Spirit or Wakan Tanka that has had power over all things, such as stones, clouds, animals and trees.

They also created a “Medicine Shield”, aimed at protecting them during a battle.

Their continuation of passing down unique traditions to the children, like hunting and artistic

African Americans

Their history dates back in between 1555 and 1865, whereby they were taken as slavery by British colonials to work for forced labor in the U.S

Their population is believed to be 18 million, second largest after the Hispanic Americans.

They believed in their ancestral spirits whom they would rescue them at last.

Their dream of gaining freedom at later days.

Hispanic Americans

Their history kicked back 400 years ago whereby they were displaced by the Mexican war that forced them to seek for refuge and safety.

Hispanic today forms the fastest growing ethnic minority with a population of 25 million.

Since Hispanic is not an ethnic description, there are Africans Americans, Indians and even pure Europeans. Therefore each group has their own believes different from other groups.

There is unity and there is no any form of racial discrimination and thus they inter-marry and give birth to a combined generation.

Asian Americans

Their history dated back in 1980 where by, the people were attracted by the US economy thereby venturing into business and also student going to colleges in the US.

According to the world statistics records, the population of Asian Americans n the US is approximated to be 9 million which is 6 per cent of the total population.

The people have a positive attitude towards work and therefore venture in any form of business with ease.

The continuous motivation of the incoming generations on the importance of work.

Chinese Americans and Japanese Americans

Their history kicked off in 1820 after being attracted by the Gold discovered in California.

This group constitutes the least population in the US of less than 1 million individuals

They worked in gold mines, lumber industries and also opened laundries. The Japanese were discriminated i9n the US and were always referred to as enemy aliens.

Their continuation and hard work spirit in venturing into new businesses when opportunity is discovered.

Jewish Americans

Their history dated back in 1780 because of a pull of the US entrepreneurial opportunities.

According to the US statistic, Jewish are believed to have occupied a population of 5.5 million.

The Jews believed in one God who provided for them. They also natured the spirit of hard work and readiness to invest.

Their hard work, their mode of believe and the unity that they have.

Part II:


Summarize what you learned from this activity in a 350-700 word analysis of the advantages of a multicultural society and labor force. Use the following questions to guide your writing:

How has U.S. society used each group’s culture to construct the group identity? How has each group been stereotyped? How accurate are these stereotypes?

How does the social concept of race relate to each group? What prejudice has each group faced?

How do the behavior and thinking patterns of U.S. culture apply to each group, especially regarding class systems and employment?

According to Mary (1990), the US treated these groups differently depending on their reasons for migration. The US government treats the Chinese well and permits them to start various businesses in US. And as noted by Stanley and Mary (1986), the reason is because the gold in California that was to be mined by the Chinese would at a later point benefit the US government. However, as noted by Heather, Collins-Schramm et al (2002), the opposite applies to the Japanese. The Japanese are used as fighting vessels and despite the fact that they are employed in labor firms in the US, they are denied citizenship. On similar lines, the Americans are discriminated and are forced to do hard work without payment in the name of slavery (Reynolds, 1991). And as noted by Stanley and Mary (1986), the Jewish Americans were attracted by the business opportunities in the US and were therefore not discriminated since the tax they gave benefited the US government. When comes to education, in the year 2000, whites raging from 25 to 64 were two times as possibly as African-Americans to hold a bachelor`s degree, and approximate three times to Latinos/Hispanic. This indicates that the lacuna among ethnic or racial group when comes to education is completely wide. In between 190 and 2000, the whites and Asian-Americans had a very higher number of people with bachelor’s degree, while Native Americans, Latinos/Hispanic and African-Americans had the lowest progress on education (Heather, Collins-Schramm et al, 2002). Below is a table that shows the level the U.S. education pipeline by race/ethnicity.

Part III:



Heather, E. Collins-Schramm et al (2002). Markers that Discriminate Between European and African Ancestry Show Limited Variation Within Africa. Human Genetics 111: 566-69.

Mary, C. Waters (1990). Ethnic Options: Choosing Identities in America. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Reynolds, F. (1991). The New Census Question about Ancestry: What Did It Tell Us?. Demography, Vol. 28, No. 3, pp. 414, 421.

Stanley, L. and Mary, C. Waters. (1986). Ethnic Groups in Flux: The Changing Ethnic Responses of American Whites. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 487, No. 79, pp. 82-86.