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About "Resolution Overview"
Apart from a few rare exceptions, like Japan during its 220-year isolatory Sakoku policy, remote jungle tribes, and totalitarian regimes like North Korea, human cultures have always mixed and intermingled. The Old Testament gives explicit instructions on how to treat sojourners and foreigners, the study of human anthropology is full of cultural contact, and hospitality towards the “other” is basic manners all over the world. This year’s topic revolves around some fascinating questions. How should cultures treat those from different backgrounds? Can people ever really assimilate into a new culture? In a world of immigration crises, refugees, and globalization, does our mindset need to shift? If America is a melting pot, and an increasing number of countries are too, have assimilation and multiculturalism become the same thing? This overview isn’t designed to answer those questions, but rather to give you a starting point to answer those questions yourself. Part 1 of this article defines the key terms of the resolution and provides a foundational understanding of the clash. Part II contains some best practices to adopt and mistakes to avoid, to help guide your research through a topic that can turn unexpectedly complicated exceptionally quickly. Let’s git goin’.
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