Every once in a while, a group in America manages to finally blend in. While America professes acceptance and friendliness, it can be very hostile to many groups, whether they have an historical presence here or not.
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On this occasion I'd like to remark upon the success of the Indian and Pakistani and many other Asian groups in blending into America so well and so positively that I, for one, truly cannot think of them as foreigners.
In all of my public and private encounters with these people, save for a very, very rare few, I have found them to be highly civilized, productive, positive and helpful citizens who like America's diversity. Of course, this is one of the few good things left in America, so this is always a strong point, but as a group they themselves seem ready to celebrate diversity with tremendous sincerity and enthusiasm, at the very drop of a hat.
In addition to my experiences with these folks in the public venue, I also teach a large number of them in my classroom in NorthEast Philadelphia.
In stark, raving contrast to the attitude of the majority of my home-grown American students, they're sweet as pie. Why?
I'll roll'em off: civility, self-discipline (most of them), character, morality (yes! teenagers who aren't collecting STD's or babies in Philadelphia!), intelligence and a positive attitude, including towards ME (an authority figure, despite my anarchistic leanings).
They are also very handsome and healthy kids who will add a great deal to the American gene pool: smarts, looks and culture, including great food. I can't handle the Indian dance music videos and the movies are corny, even when they're translated (or perhaps especially when they're translated?) but the food is fantastic.
I say bring all one-point-one billion of them over and swear'em in. At least the tech jobs'll stay in America and we'll expand the tax base.
Ok, that had a sinister twist but I do mean it.