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San Diego is a Beautiful Mixture of Diversity

Updated on December 7, 2014

Imagine in your minds eye, a cultural melting pot, listen to the sounds of the different languages and dialects, look at the colorful grab worn by peoples of many different lands, smell the aromas of different foods in the air? This cultural melting pot of diversity is in San Diego, California, home to over 100 language groups.

Many are the cultures and languages represented in San Diego, among this mixture you will find Arabic, Amharic, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Croatian, Eritrean, Ethiopian, Filipino, French, German, Greek, Haitian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian Liberian, Mexican, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Samoan, Serbian, Swahili, Thai, Ukraine, Vietnamese, and the deaf culture which encompass many different cultures. This is only a sampling of the beautiful mixture of diversity here in San Diego.

Many of the older generation from these diverse cultures do not speak English, so the younger generation are their translators. Communication is not a big problem, because many of the local businesses in the area have embraced the cultural mixture providing information in various languages to accommodate our foreign population. Many San Diego natives have taken on the challenge of learned different languages to help their foreign neighbors as well, and in turn created interpreting jobs for themselves. The San Diego School District has shared in teaching English to the many foreign children that make up our community, Community Colleges have also done much to education the foreign community helping them to gain skills for employment.

Our foreign neighbors are very resourceful regarding employment, some of our Vietnamese neighbors work in or own nail shops, jewelry shops and restaurants, some Cambodians work in or own donut shops. Some of our African neighbors drive or own taxi companies and restaurants. Our foreign neighbors are a hard working group, some have public gardens that they cultivate and sell their produce, in fact one of the public gardens in the city received a special visit from the First Lady, Mrs. Obama, who encourages Community Gardens.

In our community you can buy many different types of fruits, vegetables, meat and other goods, you name it and we can tell you where to find it! Indeed variety is the spice of life here in this cultural melting pot and we take full advantage of it. San Diego has embraced the diversity and in turn our foreign neighbors have enriched our lives in many ways. We enjoy there delicious foods customs, languages, friendships and much much more.

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      Claudia Marie 2 years ago

      Thank you for your comment, San Diego has a lot to offer, for example, we have the world famous, San Diego Zoo here, Sea World, Safari Park, Lego Land and many beautiful beaches. We have the Comic Con convention here every year and we are about 2 hours from LA. Lot's to see and do here in our fair city.

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      Ronald E Franklin 2 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      I was able to visit San Diego on a business trip years ago, and was thoroughly impressed. Of course, I was based in a hotel and didn't get to see how normal people live there, but I really liked everything about the place that I was able to experience while there.