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The SAGE Handbook of Child Development explores the multicultural development of children through the varied and complex interplay of traditional agents of socialization as well as contemporary media influences, examining how socialization practices and media content construct and teach us about diverse cultures. Editors Joy K. Asamen, Mesha L. Ellis, and Gordon L. Berry, along with chapter authors from a wide variety of disciplines, highlight how to analyze, compare, and contrast alternative perspectives of children of different cultures, domestically and globally, with the major principles and theories of child development in cognitive, socioemotional, and/or social/contextual domains.

Chapter 1: Multiculturalism as a Cornerstone of Being in the 21st Century: A Historical Perspective

Multiculturalism as a Cornerstone of Being in the 21st Century: A Historical Perspective
Multiculturalism as a cornerstone of being in the 21st century: A historical perspective
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The Master Narrative of American History

When I was a child, I lived in Palolo Valley on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. My neighbors were Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, Korean, and Hawaiian. Across the stream that flowed down the middle of the valley lived Puerto Rican and Filipino families. As children, we played with each other, speaking in pidgin English. “Da kind tako [octopus in Japanese] ono [delicious in Hawaiian].” In the homes of our families, we heard an immense variety of languages. We thought of ourselves as Americans, and said the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag each morning. Our teachers ...

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