This book interrogates politics and practices of multiculturalism and multicultural education in contexts where liberal and critical multiculturalism is under pressure. It examines and interrogates perspectives on multiculturalism and the political and social to diversity in societies in Asia and Europe. It is set against a background of increasing right wing radicalism and pervasive authoritarianism in different parts of the world. These ideologies not only undermine multiculturalism but the potential of democracy itself. The book includes chapters from leading scholars on multiculturalism, interculturalism and diversity around the world. It examines the challenges to multicultural diversity in the Global North, and makes a distinctive contribution by addressing this issue in the Global South societies of Asia, including Myanmar, China, and Pakistan. As such, this book opens up international debate about multiculturalism by providing exchanges rarely heard across borders.

part I|19 pages

Disrupting the field

part III|97 pages

Perspectives from Asia

chapter 7|11 pages

Examining colourism in China

Multicultural education for inclusion, equity, and justice

chapter 8|17 pages

“Cloistered multiculturalism”?

Challenges in connecting an ethnically diverse school to its local Chinese community

chapter 9|18 pages

Developing multiculturalism in Myanmar

Citizen perspectives from deliberative surveys

chapter 11|17 pages

Transnational identities and struggles for multicultural justice in schools

Zainichi Korean teachers in Japan

chapter 12|16 pages

Multiculturalism in the Muslim world

A case of Pakistan

part IV|14 pages

Theoretical reflections

chapter 13|12 pages

Anti-diversity and its multiple contexts

Multiculturalism’s ordeals in Asia and Europe