Muller, the author of The new world reader: Thinking and writing about the global community, describes the US as a melting pot for all cultures and ethnicities around the world. Given that the US can be considered a multinational society, most ethnicities have migrated and settled in the country (Muller, 2014, p.35). America is considered as one of the flourishing economies that attract many foreigners to the country in that the country has high standards of living. Globalization has contributed to the US assimilating other cultures and ethnicities in their day to day lives. For example the Hispanics and Asians have migrated from their home country to the US to pursue the American Dream. The American Dream is considered as a virtual place that can be achieved by working hard to become financial stable. Looking at the current society, I have met a number of Hispanic people who work in low wage rate jobs in order to make a living in the US. In addition, I have witnessed that the minority ethnicities work the blue collar jobs because of their race or level of education.
Globalization has brought about cheap labor across the globe and also has provided jobs in various nation-states. This is evident in that the US has outsourced most of the industrial and manufacturing jobs to other nation-states in such for cheap labor (Muller, 2014, p.31). Cheap labor is perceived as a good thing by the entrepreneurs and the capitalistic societies because many firms can gain a high profit margin. Many Asians and Hispanics have settled in the US to pursue a better future in the US. This indicates that stereotypical profiles should be erased because the US economy is also shaped by the immigrants. The author advocates for cultural assimilation such that people from different races can live in unity. Though the US is considered a melting pot because it is a multinational nation-state, “Millions of Hispanics are assimilating, but they are also putting their own distinctive stamp on what assimilation will signify for future generations (Muller, 2014, p.45-7).” This indicates that the foreigners are not willing to lose their cultural aspects in order to be accepted in the society. This is a good stand because most foreigners out to not only lose their culture but also end up getting exploited in terms of labor. This indicates that globalization has opened doors for cultural assimilation but also created a problem where minority races are exploited for their labor.
The US is considered a unique place because of the diverse cultural background that is exhibited in the society (Muller, 2014, p.42). Globalization through labor is a stepping stone for creating a global village where there is no division between the West and the East. This means that both parties ought to accept and appreciate the uniqueness of mankind through the different races and ethnicities. I know that the US is striving to remove the acts of racism in the country through passing certain laws and policies that rebuke such acts. It is interesting that the US government gives people of all races a chance to attend school for free till high school. This has helped create a bridge in that it shows that the government is willing to assimilate all cultures in the country by enjoying social amenities such as education and health care.
This illustrates that globalization in the workforce has brought both negative and positive attributes in the society. One of the negative things that globalization has brought about is exploitation of labor from the immigrants because they are willing to work at any pay rate. However, there are also positive impacts of globalization in the workforce in that it has promote unity through cultures being assimilated to the American culture. Also globalization has brought a sense of relationship between the West and the East.
Muller, G. H. (2014). The new world reader: Thinking and writing about the global community (4th ed.). Boston, MA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.