Exclusions and inclusions: multiculturalism in contemporary Taiwanese and Australian picturebooks
Bradford, Clare and Huang, Hui-Ling 2007, Exclusions and inclusions: multiculturalism in contemporary Taiwanese and Australian picturebooks, Bookbird: a journal of international children's literature, vol. 45, no. 3, pp. 5-12.
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Bookbird: a journal of international children's literature
Johns Hopkins University Press
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In a 1990 essay on multiculturalism and Australian children's literature, John Stephens points out that in texts of the 1970s and 1980s, examinations of multicultural issues are conducted within a relatively conservative set of paradigms where views of cultures other than Anglo-Celtic are filtered through the perspectives of Anglo-Celtic, middle-class characters, and multiculturalism is valued only in so far as it is seen to contribute to the wellbeing (economic and psychological) of the dominant culture. In Taiwan, as social groups previously marginalised seek justice through the practices and policies of multiculturalism, long-standing resentment at the authoritarian conduct of the Nationalists has manifested in texts which examine the political conflicts and cultural clashes of the past: the silenced truth is uncovered and the stigmatisation of certain ethnic groups is gradually removed.\n But these texts typically address ideas of cultural difference obliquely and by way of analogies, rather than through the realist representations of WhoeverYou Are and Fang Fang's Chinese NewYear.
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