What Makes You "Multicultural"
Identifying with a culture
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Multicultural individuals commonly think, perceive, behave, and respond to global workplace issues in more complex ways than monocultural individuals.
Some multicultural individuals translate these differences into career success.
People can be categorized as multicultural by:
Multiculturalism within Individuals
Multiculturalism within individuals can be defined as the degree to which they know, identify with, and internalize multiple cultures.
Identifying with a culture
Multicultural people are not just confined to having parents from two different cultures. There can be other reasons like:
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