Itís the left becoming right wing nationalist
Part of the reason when I was growing up that I initially identified as leftist is the rejection of blindly following tradition. Ideas of challenging accepted cultural standard in trying to improve society. In fact itís this freedom to be individuals and not conform to majority standard is what makes people escape totalitarian society in the first place.
However their efforts to protect and conserve traditional cultural values of minority groups have now turned them into right wingers no difference to Christian conservatives demanding population to be taught and adopt Christian values
There was a story of Italian businessmen in Australia who was a big donor to leftist party. However when he migrated back to Italy he become a member of far right nationalist party
To me this makes a lot of sense despite people confusion with this. When you are member of minority group you want the majority culture to accept and appreciate your culture and hence adopt multiculturalism. However when you become the dominant culture you want people to force that culture on everyone.
THatís why I am highly skeptical of any self-appointed ambassador or representative of minority group. People who form these groups tend to be highly conservatives in terms of wanting people within their racial group to adopt what they consider cultural values and socially exclude individuals who donít adopt those values. They believed that if you are Vietnamese heritage you should behave like other Vietnamese and Vietnamese who do not do that are selling out their tradition. If they were part of the majority I would have no doubt some of them would try and enforce it on the population. These groups do not represent the entire racial/ethnic group as normal people live their day to day lives without participating in organisation based on preserving traditional values
Itís one thing to say people are individuals and free hence are free to choose values including their cultural heritage. Itís another thing to say that cultural heritage is intrinsically part of someone race and that critiques of any individual practice is racist and we should not allow that in society