Mere “song and dance”: Complicating the multicultural imperative in the arts
From: Home and Native Land
However one understands multiculturalism in Canada, one of the shared features of its multiple definitions is diversity – what many would describe as the undisputed success of a multicultural policy. This chapter is a personal reflection on what diversity means in this context, with a particular and serious focus on the “song and dance” aspect of multiculturalism. While multiculturalism encourages cultural diversity, it correspondingly seeks to contain it. This chapter is intimately connected to some of the goals of multiculturalism while still being wary of its consequences, including the rigid classification of individuals and groups into predetermined categories.