The Transmission of Cultural Identities

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The Transmission of Cultural Identities

The Transmission of Cultural Identities

Readings:
Kwame Anthony Appiah, “Crazy Rich Identities,” and
Amy Chua, “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior”.

Kwame Appiah in “Crazy Rich Identities” argues that in Singapore, “Parents aren’t safeguarding the transmission of cultural identities; the state is” (Appiah 4). Meanwhile, Amy Chua, argues that in the absence of the state’s role in the Western society, parents, including minorities, are allowed more influence in shaping their children’s identities. For example, “the Chinese believe that the best way to protect their children is by preparing them for the future, letting them see what they’re capable of, and arming them with skills, work habits and inner confidence that no one can ever take away” (Chua 4).
Engage Appiah and Chua in a discussion to answer the following question: In an ideal world, what role can the parents and the state play in “safeguarding the transmission of cultural identities” of minority groups? Explore how Chua’s argument complicates Appiah’s insights about “the transmission of cultural identities.”
Please use our reading quizzes and class discussion to help you develop your argument.

Final Draft (3) due*: min. 5-6 pages –includes a conclusion. (paragraph use double space, 12 pound Times New Roman)

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