Part I. Globalization and pluralistic society: 1. Repressive pluralism / Humphrey McQueen -- 2. The impact of Ministry of Education policy on pluralism in Japanese education: an examination of recent issues /Kirk Masden ; Part II. Evolution of cultural diversity: 3. The making of a "plural" Malaysia /Shamsul A.B. -- 4. Thailand's cultural interaction with its neighbours / Khien Theeravit and Chaiwat Kahmchoo -- 5. Singapore: multiracialism and its effects / Chua Beng-Huat -- 6. Growth and diversification: current trends of ethnic groups in Japan appearing through the Japanese newspaper /Yamanaka Hayato ; Part III. Individual identity and collective identity: 7. Facing the challenge of multiple cultural identities / David Y.H. Wu -- 8. Against purity : reflections of an Indonesian writer /Nirwan Dewanto -- 9. Running away from the ideological juggernaut: a story of a third-generation Zainichi Korean / KYO Nobuko.