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Melting Pot

I Am American

Smita Malhotra, M.D. | Posted 07.02.2014 | Women
Smita Malhotra, M.D.

Twenty three years ago, I sat on a shuttle bus from the airport and cried en-route to our apartment in a new country on the other side of the world.

The Republican Party Can Learn from al-Maliki's Mistakes

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Numerous observers and actors alike in the conflict blame al-Maliki's refusal to form a coalition government, composed of multiple sectors and factions within the country, for the ongoing existential crisis.

Where Are You From?

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 04.20.2014 | New York
Tinatin Japaridze

Does rooting for America in hockey and Russia in figure skating make me a "multi-nationalist" or a "patriotically challenged" citizen?

America Needs to Reclaim Status as 'Land of Opportunity'

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 03.31.2014 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

If America really is the "land of opportunity," then it is only fair that everyone truly should have equality while on life's endeavors. Sadly, however, when I reflect on the evolution of our great country, I don't believe we are the land of promise we once were.

Our Diversity is What Will Drive New Levels of Excellence

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 06.24.2013 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

Just as our previous melting-pot mixture allowed our nation to become great, the demographic shifts we are currently experiencing can work in our favor, as well. We need to foster cultures of inclusion, where the differences that make us unique are celebrated and harnessed for innovation.

My Own Educational Exchange Trip: Cuba or the Danube-a?

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 06.15.2013 | Travel
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Randee Mia Berman

When I heard rumors about Jay-Z and Beyonce heading to Cuba, I was feeling pretty confident about my trendy choice to go that way. But then I bagged Cuba, and booked a flight to Vienna, Austria, home of the Lipizzaner stallions and Wienerschnitzel.

Learning from an Eighth Grader

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

In my opinion, all of us need to stop blaming one another and do away with the negativism that divides the various segments of our population and work toward being Americans in the truest sense of the melting pot, of being a cohesive whole.

Kiss Me, I'm 1/16 Irish: African-, Irish-, and the Hyphenated-Americans

Theodore Johnson | Posted 05.15.2013 | Black Voices
Theodore Johnson

The plights of the Irish and blacks in America are extremely different, but share some similarities. Irish were sometimes thought of as black people "turned inside out," and blacks as "smoked Irish."

Christians, Fish And The Removal Of Hats

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.29.2013 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

As the old saying goes, the fish is the last to see or even feel the water because it is so pervasive. By analogy, what many within our society consider "normal" and appropriate, upon critical reflection, may be perceived as (re)enforcements of mainline Christian standards.

To US Representative Steve King: Multiculturalism Encompasses Everyone

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The diversity in the U.S. poses great challenges and opportunities. I would advise Mr. King that the way we meet these challenges will determine whether we remain on the abyss of our history or whether we achieve our promise of becoming a shining beacon to the world.

Let's Be Honest, Now

Miran Youn | Posted 08.05.2012 | Teen
Miran Youn

I would suggest that today's melting pot is frozen into clumps of clay balls with different colors unable to mix into one another. Such disunity is the result of ethnocentrism.

Welcome to Life, James

Ed Shurna | Posted 04.07.2012 | Chicago
Ed Shurna

Welcome to life, James. I became the proud grandfather of James, 9 lb. 2 oz. last Thursday (Jan. 25). My grandson is the first son born to my son Dav...

For Whom The Pot Melts: Why Rick Santorum Can't Stomach The Multicultural Salad Bowl

Guy Garcia | Posted 11.23.2011 | Latino Voices
Guy Garcia

Santorum's aversion to salads, which may or may not extend to other greens and vegetables, is no doubt rooted in the recognition that non-Hispanic whites will become a minority by 2045.

Celebrating May as Jewish American Heritage Month

Steven L. Pease | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Steven L. Pease

Every immigrant group contributes to the richness and success of our country. But consider what this small group, just two percent of our population, has contributed:

In Search of Muslim Identity: Akbar Ahmed's Journey into America

John Milewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
John Milewski

Author Akbar Ahmed has dedicated himself to building bridges of understanding between worlds. I asked him about the impact of Faisal Shahzad's actions on the larger goal of increasing trust among Muslims and non-Muslims in the U.S. and beyond.

Diversity: Why Do We Have Such A Hard Time Walking Our Talk?

BJ Gallagher | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
BJ Gallagher

I sometimes wonder whether the diversity movement isn't just the latest manifestation of our national schizophrenia - the schism between what we believe as idealists and what we do as realists.

An American Arab Thanksgiving

Ray Hanania | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ray Hanania

Food has a special place in our hearts as Arabs, so Thanksgiving was the American holiday we most loved. Food symbolizes the essence of freedom, the ability to feed your family without fear.

Minorities and Health Care: What's the Real Story?

Francesca Biller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Francesca Biller

While health care is in need of radical reform for millions of Americans, minorities and especially blacks have historically suffered disproportionately from poor or non-existent health care.

Obama 2012

Daniel Bruno Sanz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Daniel Bruno Sanz

I went to New York to meet Obama the candidate, and in a Soho apartment he told a small group of us that his middle name was Hussein. I thought he was telling a joke.

The Great American Melting Pot (?)

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cubias

You will not catch me dissing Schoolhouse Rock. Like all good Gen Xers, I grew up with the infectious tones of the Saturday morning series permeating...

Japanese-Jew Doesn't "Oy Veh" So Much Since Obama

Francesca Biller | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Francesca Biller

Since Obama has become president, I feel comfortable as the multiracial shikseh that I am, and am engaging in thoughtful conversations about my heritage and background, without self-deprecation.

Obama makes Multi-Racial Americans more Accepted

Francesca Biller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Francesca Biller

As a Japanese-Jew, I have historically used self deprecating humor at my own expense as a way to explain and defend to others who I was and to feel ac...

Flag International: Global Perspectives On The American Flag

Lauri Lyons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lauri Lyons

What is America? Growing up, I have been able to view the country from several perspectives: Black, female, first-generation American, and a former military child.