Who is the Multicultural Family?
- Nationalities: Brazil, Spain, Taiwan, and the USA.
- Country of Current Residence: Spain
- Languages: English, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish and Catalan
We are an intercultural family that involves members belonging to different nationalities and races; We are an interracial family with two beautiful daughters.
The best part about being a multicultural family is that we have more experience living in different countries. We grow knowledge and perspectives through cultural experiences and learn to see things in a global context.
A global mindset is essential in our family culture.
In Nanani World, we spend a lot of time discussing embracing multiculturalism, create diversity exposure for little kids, and develop a global mindset through moving to a multicultural society or even implement multicultural educations.
What is the Global Mindset?
Many of you may already hear about fixed and growth mindset. According to Carol Dweck, an individual mindset is a way a person perceives his or her ability or intelligence; fixed mindset people believe the ability is fixed, growth mindset people believe the ability can grow and develop. On the other hand, a global mindset is an orientation of the world that allows one to see certain things that others do not.
A global mindset means the ability to scan the world from a broad perspective, always looking for unexpected trends and opportunities that may constitute a threat or an opportunity to achieve personal, professional, or organizational objectives. – Rhinesmith.
A global mindset is not a “born” skill; like a baby at birth does not walk and talk, these abilities develop over time, and it can be adapted. Fostering a global mindset child can lead to multicultural competences; multicultural competence refers to the ability to adapt and function efficiently in a culturally diverse setting, able to integrate and to synthesize across diversity.
The character of a global mindset individual:
- Aware of his/her own culture
- Open to and aware of cultural differences
- Appreciate and respect cultural diversity
- Willing to learn and able to expand further.
- See yourself as part of the world
- Aware that the choice is just one among many
- Use culture as one of the bases for understanding problems and decision making
Base on Global Network research, the global mindset group tends to persist more in the search for solutions than the growth mindset group when facing challenges. Global mindset people also tend to value opportunities to learn and to improve themselves. Eventually, turn into reality. These groups of people show improvement in their actual ability and outperforming fixed mindset group.
Five Key Characteristics of a Child Raising in a Multicultural Society
The advantage of raising children in a multicultural society is that they experience many cultures at the same time on a daily bases. Children can see objects, people, and situations from multiple different perspectives, allow them to be more flexible and willing to consider alternatives. Besides, children that are engaging in mixed cultures can recognize that things can always be viewed differently, aware that the choice they are involved in is just one among many. In other words, it helps children to understand that there are many ways to achieve goals, And there are many different goals that people may find are worth achieving.
Children that are raising in a multicultural society generally adapt better to new cultures and understand how to behave appropriately in a new environment.
Most of the children from a multicultural family speak more than one language; this skill allows them to feel comfortable and has higher tolerance with other cultures.
Children grow up in a multicultural environment is likely to be a better communicator and has a more extensive international social network when they get older. As one of the biggest challenges of communication is interacting with people from different backgrounds, multicultural children can conduct the conversation at a more comfortable level.
A recent study in the journal “Child Development” found that students feel safer in and out of school when they grow up in a diverse environment. Children feel more comfortable with different social groups and with themselves, leading to a more profound sense of safety and self-confidence.
Children have access to a multicultural environment also have a more in-depth understanding and appreciation of other cultures. It gives children the eagerness to learn about other countries, giving them an open and inclusive world view.
Growing up in a multicultural society can help to avoid stereotyping unhealthy relationships and a culture of division that causes unwanted judgment towards people. Children are aware that there is no superior culture and learn that all people are equal.
Having a diverse environment may pose some challenges. Still, it also has many benefits wherein the children are exposed to the world and develop a positive attitude towards the world view. Creating the opportunity to learn at a young age will surely have a significant impact on society in the long run.
Looking into the characteristics of the global mindset individual and matching with the character traits of a child raising in a multicultural society. It does have a direct relationship to developing multicultural competencies in children’s later life.