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CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN THE MODERN WORLD
CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN THE MODERN WOULD
The United States has always been a diverse society. In 1673, more than three centuries ago, a visitor to what is now New York City was astonished to find that 8 langrages were sopken among the city's 8,000 inhabitants. By the middle of the ninetenth century, so many people from so many lands had come to the United States that novelist Herman Melville exclaimed, "You can not spill a drop of American blood without spilling the blood of the whole world."
One can only imagine what Melville would say today! The United States has become the most diverse society on the face of the earth. For more than a century, most immigrants to the U.S. were Europeans--Irish, Germans, English, Scandinavians, Greeks, Poles, Italians, and others. Together with African-Americans, they made America the "melting pot" of the world. to day another great wave of immigration--mostly from Asia and Latin America--is transforming the United States into what one writer has called "the first universal nation," a multicultural society of unmatched diversity. The diversity of life in the United States can be seen in cities and towns, schools and businesses, community groups and houses of worship all across the land. Consider the following:
* Thee are 215 nations in the world, and every one of them has someone living in the United States.
* New York City has over 170 distinct ethnic communities.
* More than 32 million people in the U.S. speak a language other than English at home.
Nonwhites and Hispanics make up a majority of high-school graduates in Hawaii, New Mexico, California, Mississippi, and Washington, D.C
* More that 60 percent of the people in Miami were born outside the United States.
If current trends continue, people of European descent will become a minority of U.S. citizens by the years 2050.
These kinds of changes are not limited to the United States.We are living in as age of international multiculturalism. The Internet allows for instant communication almost everywhere around the world. C.N.N. is board boundaries almost meaningless. The new global economy is redefining the nature of business and commerce. All nations, all people, all cultures are becoming part of a vast global village. For example:
* There are 60,000 transnational corporation around the world, and they account for more than a quarter of the world's economic output.
* In Brussels, the center of the European community, one in every four new babies is Arabic.
*At the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, half of the first year students are Asian.
* Swiss-based Nestle sells 85 percent of its products in other countries; Gillette, located in Boston, makes 70 percent of its sales through exports.
* Restaurants in coastal towns of Queensland, Australia, print their menus in both Japanese and English.
Four of revery five new jobs in the U.S. are generated as a direct result of international trade.
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