Introduction: mulitculturalism and its challenge
"A SPECTER is haunting Europe", to borrow a line from Karl Marx—the specter of multiculturalism. All European societies are preoccupied with this specter. Indeed, multiculturalism is a specter not only to Europe, but also to the entire earth. From Europe to the Americas, Asia, Australia-Oceania, and Africa, the rolling thunder of globalization comes along with the gusty rain of multi-cultures. The shining sun of cosmopolitanism is shadowed by the staring ghost of multiculturalism. The rosy face of global justice radiates with the purple smile of cultural persuasions.
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