Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Vdare and immigration

If a regular visitor has noticed already, Vdare is focused primarily with issues of immigration and multiculturalism. Not surprisingly, there have been some responses at its blog to the Virginia Tech shootings.

Unfounded Fears of Backlash Fly around the World


As usual, there have been no reports of any behavior that could possibly be considered “backlash” against Koreans or Asians resulting from the mass murder.

Even so, after such a horrific immigrant crime, the ethnic group of the perp commonly issues pre-emptive statements condemning a backlash against them; these days such complaints are practically automatic. And this case is no exception.
Perhaps because such incidents are relatively minor and mundane as to not warrant coverage by the news media. There are plenty of anecdotes from the teenagers at soompi forums of non-Asians making insensitive or insulting remarks to them solely because they are Asian or more particularly, Korean. Ethnic groups may be sensitive, but they are usually sensitive for a reason, and perhaps the writer of this particular post needs to understand that there fear of "racist" comments and responses is justified. Unless she would have us believe that there are all non-Asian Americans are so virtuous that they would not make such remarks.


Fear-of-backlash statements and reporting are a form of cultural intimidation, that if you even mention that the killer was an immigrant then you must be some sort of racist.

As a result, the important discussions about the inherent psychological strains of transcultural immigration never occur. The media chatter constantly about how wonderful diversity is and ignore the stress of adjusting to a different society. Immigrants are expected to be happy and grateful, while many are not. Stress is cumulative, and when the difficulties of cultural adjustment are piled on top of the normal problems of young adulthood, some may explode. Just two months ago, a Bosnian teenager living in Salt Lake City killed five in a rampage in a shopping mall.

We do no one any favor by encouraging millions from vastly different cultures to move here. Excessive diversity often creates unhappiness and worse for everyone concerned. How many more innocent Americans have to die before multicultural immigration is recognized as being a monumental failure?

Kindness to the many victims of both legal and illegal immigrants requires that the bogus tactic of crying “Backlash” be ignored for a more realistic consideration of the failed ideology of multiculturalism and all that goes with it.
Here perhaps is a implicit recognition that there is such a thing as discrimination. After all, what would account for the unhappiness, but non-acceptance? It is not just multiculturalism that is the problem, but a lack of integration. Some choose not to assimilate into American society--but what of those who wish to assimilate (as it seems to be the case with Cho Seung-hui) but are instead spurned for being "different"? Those who are more interested in "sticking to their own kind" and managing with life in that way are probably more content than those who wish to be accepted as Americans. But being American and being perceived or accepted as one are two different things, and the author does not raise the credibility of Vdare by writing these comments, which could be justly criticized as being insensitive and ignorant. Ignorant of reality that is, or actively covering up the attitudes of some white Americans.

Perhaps she is talking about a different cause of unhappiness. From my experience I see less maladjustment due to marked cultural differences separating people; rather, most of it is superficial--people are treated as outcasts simply for looking different, or speaking a different language as their first or primary language at home.

By all means, those who seek to immigrate to a foreign country need to (1) have a commitment to assimilating into American society and embracing what is good in its culture, and (2) be made aware of the difficulties they face in trying to assimilate. Those who wish to come here merely for economic opportunity should be discouraged from doing so (but this is something that must be dealt with elsewhere). One should not exaggerate too much about cultural differences--admittedly, the unscrupulous may seek to take advantage of the system and live off of welfare, but I don't know of many ethnic cultures that support this sort of dependency. But what really makes a Korean-American different from an Anglo-American? If anything, there are certain commendable mores that Asian-Americans observe as a part of their cultural heritage, mores whose counterparts in traditional Western [Christian] culture have been forgotten by non-Asian Americans. If we want to argue that those of Asian heritage are burdened by a culture that prevents them from being citizens in a "democracy," what then do we say of Americans of European heritage who too, do not have the character appropriate to citizens of a "democracy"?

If some people are not mature enough to be sociable with others who are different in appearance, let us call it for what it is, rather than claim that the source of psychological difficulties lies entirely in those who immigrate to the United States.

A post from today that is not related to the tragedy: White Refugees and Culture. At first glance, I was taken aback by the post. But then I was thinking that even if it is merely a question of language, is the formation of separate linguistic enclaves that much of a threat to the unity of a political community?

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