Analyze and interpret the following quotation: “Worldwide,
non-Western cultures faced fundamental challenges to their cultural
identities—not so much a recentering of culture but a decentering
of culture” (Sayre, 2010, p.419).

In the later nineteenth century and early twentieth century, what
would a “decentering” of culture have meant for a given cultural
group? Select from among the non-Western cultural groups noted in
the text (Native American, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, or African)
and research the impact of Western or European cultures on that
What was the selected non-Western culture like prior to the late
nineteenth century? How did it change as a result of European
expansion? How is this change representative of what Sayre calls a
“decentering” of culture? Be sure to use specific examples and

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