I had an awesome glog prepared for you guys and I spent way too much of my time trying to figure out how to upload a video to youtube of my presentation for MLK Day…BUT after it took 2 hours to upload it ended up not working because it was too long.
But this past Monday I stood in front of some of my peers with Ella and Mona by my side and we had a presentation of the Filipino- American Community. We talked about the Filipino migration process, why they would come here, how many are here and how the U.S. reacted to them. We wanted to talk about the Filipinos because we honestly didn’t know much about them, and we were taken back by the fact that they are tied with India for third in the ranking of the foreign-born population in the U.S.
We found all this interesting because when I think of the top foreign-born immigrants in the U.S. I think of people from Mexico, China, India, Germany etc. because even though there are so many filipinos here their culture is completely white washed. Have you ever seen a Filipino restaurant? I haven’t. Which is surprising considering there are about 1.8 million of them in the U.S. currently according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
So I guess what I would like to leave you with is this…the idea of the U.S. being a “melting pot”…
How can we claim to be a melting pot if some of the top foreign-born people in the U.S. can’t show their cultures true colors? Even the chinese restaurants and such are still Americanized.
I would like all of you to think about the different stereotypes we have placed on people, especially immigrants, and think how we could possibly push ourselves to a true form of acceptance so one day American can truly be an absolute melting pot.
Until Next Time!
ps. This week Buddha says, “Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.”