SEOUL, April 17 (Korea Bizwire) – High income earners, university graduates and progressives tend to hold a more favorable view towards the coexistence of multiple cultures within a country, a recent study revealed.
According to a study published by the Korea Multicultural Research Institute yesterday that looked into the perception of multiculturalism among 1,000 people in South Chungcheong Province, those with a university degree were most acceptable of multiculturalism, with a score of 21.6 out of 30, exceeding the scores of those who only graduated from middle school or high school, at 19.5 and 20.9 respectively.
In terms of income, those who reported earning more than 6 million won per month held a more favorable view of multiculturalism, and the favorable ratings decreased for those with lower incomes.
Among the respondents, those who considered themselves to be ‘very progressive’ showed the highest score in accepting multiculturalism (22.3), while others who identified their political views as centrist or ‘very conservative’ showed lower scores.
“Long-term approaches need to be taken in order to change the perception of multiculturalism, with one of the most effective forms being education,” the research team said.
“Everyday education in every corner of our society is crucial in tackling prejudice against ethnic minorities, foreign nationals and North Korean settlers. More opportunities need to be provided where people can meet minority groups.”
Hyunsu Yim (firstname.lastname@example.org)