What Is a Homogeneous Society?

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A homogeneous society shares a common language, ethnicity and culture. Japan and South Korea are examples of homogeneous societies. Within these societies, the immigrant population is low.

A New York Times article from 2012 states that in April of that year, Korea elected its first non-Korean born citizen to its National Assembly. Also noted is the difficulty experienced by immigrants in such a homogeneous society. As Columbia University’s article about Japan’s homogeneous society points out, these societies have a strong sense of nationalism. With less cultural diversity, residents of Japan, like South Korea, share the same language, customs and traditions throughout; however, the New York Times article reveals that South Korea is becoming a more diverse country.