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Biculturalism and multiculturalism are often conceptualised as antagonistic, incompatible and competing frameworks in Aotearoa-New Zealand. Consequently, a formal policy of multiculturalism remains absent while the state operates an official policy of biculturalism, predicated on the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi between Indigenous Māori and the British Crown. In this seminar, Dam makes a case for the simultaneous pursuit and co-existence of biculturalism and multiculturalism in Aotearoa-New Zealand. He begins by tracing some debates that frame contesting bicultural and multicultural positions. He then offer a philosophical response to the ethical-political dilemmas posed by such debates, reflecting on the complexities of his own position as an Aotearoa-New Zealand-born Chinese-Thai within a bicultural national framework. He does not outline a prescription for simply harmonious bicultural and multicultural relations. Instead his response entails a leap of faith from the familiar to the discomforts of a more partial, contested and uncertain territory that lies beyond the horizon.


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