Diversity As A Weapon

I never knew that there was a sense of'diversity' back in the older days of the American nation.Sometimes, I believe we forget that'diversity' is not a term for some new movement, current happening, or something coined to describe the meeting of cultures and backgrounds which does not commonly occur under normal circumstances. Referring to older times,'diversity' meant much, much more–rather, it was a concept, a tactic, to solve some issues with labor (Takaki 25).To combat the situation with labor insurrections and strikes, diversity was used as a weapon–by making groups divided by ethnicity, culture, and language, the groups would regulate each other, making sure they focused on competing with each other rather than solidifying as one group (26).It was surprising–the way we wanted an enriched culture differs from the reasons why it was so desired before.Actually, sometimes we forget that maybe diversity was always wanted, but the purpose changes with time.
Another interesting fact was the plan to use Korean labor as a means to control Japanese labor (26).It was said that because "Koreans were'not likely to combine with the Japanese at any attempts at strikes'" (26), they would become a useful strategy in making sure that the focus of the workers was misdirected at other workers, rather than the system as a whole.This jumped from the pages, only because it was stated somewhere in the text that the two more educated groups of the immigrants were the Japanese and the Korean, while the rest were not as privileged to do so.Knowing that the Japanese and Koreans have some sort of history with each other, I would suppose that their differences would be the main reasons for the stratagem played against them.Honestly, it is sometimes difficult to imagine that such intricate thinking and planning and strategy was taken into consideration in a time some period ago–the…


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