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Posted by  Paul Malo on February 03, 2002 at 08:51:29:

In Reply to:  Re: books... posted by Simple Simon on February 01, 2002 at 20:53:28:

Thanks (again) for the interesting lead. This reminded me of a thesis student whom I advised. She was from the second city of Malaysia and was designing a cultural center for that place. I naturally quizzed her on the cultural characteristics of the place and suggested she try to convey the multi-cultural aspect of the community, which had some large minorities (Chinese, Hindu, etc.) She, however, was of the majority and could not accept the notion of cultural pluralism.

What this says, of course, is that it's easy for us to say that we should express the cultural distinction of a place, but doing so is not so easy. Cultures are complex, and most of us have strong cultural preferences.

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