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How Racially Diverse Is Your Community?

Sun Sep 24, 2000 2:50 am

Where I live in Montclair New Jersey its not that very diverse in my neighborhood, its majorly white with some blacks and Asians. I live in about the middle class section, but theres a much more richer section of town up on the hill with large mansions and great views of the City. There's also the downtown area, which is the main African-American section, and even though there's not a large Latino community in our town, its very slowly rising. At school alot of things are printed in Spanish, and many of the neighborign towns, Newark and Paterson have VERY large Latino populations. I think our town has a population of about 40-50 thousand, of which 60 percent are white, 30 are black, and the rest is mainly Asian and Latino.
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RE: How Racially Diverse Is Your Community?

Sun Sep 24, 2000 5:16 am

My area of the Bronx is largely Italian and Albanian. Nearby are several Jewish and Puerto Rican communities.
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RE: How Racially Diverse Is Your Community?

Sun Sep 24, 2000 5:31 am

Well at college in Daytona Beach there are loads of people from all around the world all attending college there. Then there are the local 'yokels' as the Yankees call us. (But I'm not bitter...  )

However, just a few hundred miles away, still well within Florida, on the Panhandle, where I live, it must be said the number of diversity can be measured on one hand.

We have one English person a couple of miles away, a few Indians and a few Yankees. (who are the most foreign of all) Other than that, we have very few other nationalities or cultures in our small town.

Some of y'all (foreigners especially) may not believe that such a place still exists in the most powerful nation on earth, but in our town we have a railroad track running North/South.... On the western (ocean) side of the tracks, live 'the majority' and on the east side of town live 'the minority'... and never the twain shall meet. It is improving, but ten years ago the racism in this part of the world was unmistakable and unforgivable.

Times are a'changing however, and the line between the groups is being erradicated - slowly. But for all that, we are the South - the ultimate South. We only got the 9-1-1 service three years back, and have only had a local ISP (other than AOL sixty miles away) since about last fall. For all that, if I could, I would live here for the rest of my life, flying PA-28s out of the local airfield. But I'm not black - or Jewish. To live here in that position I would imagine is pretty unbearable.


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RE: How Racially Diverse Is Your Community?

Sun Sep 24, 2000 6:29 am

Boston is very diverse. We have almost every nationality represented in Boston's 620,000 residents (not inluding university students). Boston is most represented by Irish, Italian, Black, Puerto Rican, and Dominican Republicans. The town I used to live in, a suburb, was 98 per cent white, extremely homogenised.

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RE: How Racially Diverse Is Your Community?

Sun Sep 24, 2000 8:15 am

As a whole, the entire DFW Metroplex is very diverse.
The metroplex has a large Hispanic community, an ever-growing Indian Sub Continent community, a fairly large Korean and Taiwanese community, and the latest boom in immigration has been from Equatorial/Sub Saharan Africa.
We also have a large amount of African Americans, and Jewish people in the area.
However, the direct neighborhood I live in is predominantly white, and has become the choice neighborhood of new-to-the-area rich guys. Highland Park, a ritzy suburb/sub community of Dallas with its own school system, is 95-99% Caucasian.
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RE: How Racially Diverse Is Your Community?

Sun Sep 24, 2000 1:04 pm

Edmonton is not very racially diverse. About 10% of the population is of a visible minority, with the majority being either Chinese or Native. My neighborhood is especially WASP. Out of all the places I've been, Edmonton's probably the least diverse. I went to school in a black neighborhood in South Carolina, lived in the Asian area of D.C. and lived in a diverse area of Mass. I love ethnic diversity and this city is too bland in that regard. Give me New York or L.A. any day.
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RE: How Racially Diverse Is Your Community?

Sun Sep 24, 2000 1:08 pm

Well, BKK itself isnt very diverse in my opinion, we get lots of tourists from Europe, America , Australia and other asian countries, but not many as residents.

However, my school community is very racially diversed as I attend an international school...
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RE: How Racially Diverse Is Your Community?

Sun Sep 24, 2000 1:23 pm

Singapore has a majority Chinese population, about 77% while the rest are Malays, Indians and the other races like Europeans, Americans.........

Some of the things the government has done to promote racial harmony is that in a neighbourhood, the same percentage of total populationmust be evident in the towns.

A block of flats has 100 units, only 75% will be allocated to the chinese population, applicable only to government housing, the rest are to the other races.
Even in Little India 65% of the people who live there are chinese !

Singapore - The land of racial harmony
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Sun Sep 24, 2000 2:07 pm

Louis - Now that's one thing I would agree with you about Edmonton!! Even my neighborhood's not very diverse, either! I've seen the same for Calgary, but it's not quite so as bland, as you put it for Edmonton. Most immigrants from outside Canada will usually settle in Vancouver, Toronto or Montreal.

But the students are sometimes surprisingly diverse where I go to school, though, especially in the CST(Computer SYstems Tech) program at NAIT, where I attend! In some classes, as much as half of the students are not white. NAIT and the U of A's not that ethnically diverse, but I've come across many interesting ethnic groups, such as Sri Lankans and Koreans and Saudi Arabians both at the U of A and at NAIT.

On the other hand, Greater Vancouver has a HUGE Asian population, 'specially in Richmond and and a large East Indian population in Surrey!

Uh, but I sure wouldn't want to be in LA too long! Sure, the climate's nice, but the crime rate and the pollution - !! I can't argue with the ethnic diversity there, though.

BTW, have you moved back to Philly or NYC yet? ! 
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RE: How Racially Diverse Is Your Community?

Sun Sep 24, 2000 2:20 pm

We have everybody here in Calgary but only about 15% of the population is non-causasian.

The vast majority of that 15% are East-Indian or Asian.

There is little or no racism here which is good.

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RE: How Racially Diverse Is Your Community?

Sun Sep 24, 2000 2:40 pm

I think you can truly say Toronto is very diverse. In both my high school and university classes in Toronto white males/females are in a distinct minority   At Ryerson, I would say that at least 60% of the students are so called "minorities".

Over half of the 200,000 + immigrants to Canada per year choose Toronto and have greatly enriched the city. It is probably one of the most diverse cities in the world.
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RE: Louis

Sun Sep 24, 2000 4:02 pm

I didn't get the jobs in NY! What a waste, huh? I'm still here. Most likely, I'll teach english in Brazil or Asia, which is what I don't want to do, but I can't do ANYTHING with my degree in Canada and I'm too far away from the states to be considered for anything there. So, a few more months. I disagree with you about L.A. I'd much rather live there than any place in canada. 16 million people can't be wrong  

Anyways, some statistics: 25% of Toronto's population is of a visible minority. Same with Vancouver's Statistics courtesy of statcanada. Amazingly high, huh?
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One More Thing, Mike

Sun Sep 24, 2000 4:07 pm

About your comment about U of A. U of A is pretty diverse, actually. About half of the people in my department (economics) were international students from Hong Kong. The vast majority of them go back after finishing their degrees.
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Back To Louis

Sun Sep 24, 2000 5:31 pm

Louis, thanks for enlightening me about the U of A's diversity. I'd been suspecting all along, but I couldn't pin it down. I was never a student at the U of A, though. At least I know now where a lot of those who belong to the ethnic minorities go! Kinda of a shame, though, but then again, you can't blame China and Taiwan's booming economies! And of course, their family ties.

Sorry to hear that you didn't get the job you wanted in NYC. Don't give up hope! How's your Nihongo? Maybe you could teach some English there in Japan or something. I understand that it's not your first choice, but then again, you get to have more of the cultural knowledge you'll probably need to be aware when dealing with Asian clients in the future while at the job you want. Think about it, maybe there IS a blessing in disguise!

About LA - maybe I'm a bit biased. If so, I apologize, anyways. To be frank, I haven't even been to LA since the late '70s!! Yet I've had a lot of friends who say "don't go to LA, it's bad, there's too much poverty and crime. You're better off going to see San Francisco or Seattle or whatever". No, I'm not joking here. I also know a good friend of mine who'd been to LA and San Diego quite a bit, and he says to never look directly at any other motorist while driving, or else you'd risk getting shot or carjacked or something. Maybe they're a bit too paranoid, or they could've witnessed something bad like getting held up at knifepoint or getting pickpocketed, as tourists are often easy targets.

Are the problems that LA's (and maybe NYC's) reputation for crime and other social ills truly exaggerated by the media in your opinion? Maybe is it because the minorities are getting a bad rap, which they often don't deserve? Miami's had a bad rap in the wake of carjackings and other serious crimes directed at tourists, enough to hurt its tourism industry a few years ago. I've personally seen a couple of friends change their travel plans to South Florida after such incidents.
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RE: Back To Louis

Mon Sep 25, 2000 1:16 am

Hey Mike. It's not really that these students go back because of family ties or a booming economy. Most of them come here because they can't get into university in HK or a decent school in the States. They never have any intention of staying.

Tell me about it! I’ve spent so much time, effort, and money and gone through so much stress and strife during this job search. I’m losing hope. The more time that goes by, the worse my chances are. As for teaching English, I wouldn’t mind living in Asia at all, but I’d much prefer to do something in my field. The way I see it, teaching English is a waste of time and it’s for people who can’t find anything better to do with their lives. One of my friends here is an international student for Korea and he’s completely against me going to teach. He says many Canadians who go are screwed up when they come back because they’re in the same situation when they come back as they were when they left. Sure, the money is excellent, but no firm considers it real job experience. As a result, most people who go never come back.

Re LA: I think its reputation is not deserved. There are good and bad areas of every major city. I mean c’mon, would you walk the streets of the Northside at night? Sure, L.A. may be dangerous compared to Canadian cities and even within the U.S., but most of the crime occurs in areas you’d never want to go to anyways. NYC’s reputation is grossly undeserved. It ranks 144th in the U.S. in terms of violent crime (FBI). It has a crime rate similar to Toronto’s and Vancouver’s (National Post). The city has really cleaned up since Guilani took control from those liberal freaks. Don’t believe everything the Canadian media throws at you; they like to tarnish the U.S.’s image. The U.S. isn't the hellhole that many Canadians like to think it is  .


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RE: How Racially Diverse Is Your Community?

Mon Sep 25, 2000 7:11 am

Here in my town, Fallon, NV, 60 miles east of Reno, it is about 90% white, 8% Latino and 2% African-American.
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RE: How Racially Diverse Is Your Community?

Mon Sep 25, 2000 5:03 pm

Here where I live ,right on the border of GA and FL, and right next to the ocean (Exit 1 & 3 for anyone who has been on I-95 in GA) 40% are white, 40% are black and the other 18% are Mexican. The other 2% are other small minorities like a handful of people from Argentina, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Japan, Germany and Guam. Thats about it.
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RE: How Racially Diverse Is Your Community?

Tue Sep 26, 2000 2:58 am

Here in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, we have a pretty diverse community. There is a strong presence of each of the following: Polish, Russian, Hispanic, Native American, African-American, German, Irish, Arabic (Middle Eastern predominately), Indian and Asian (Chinese and Thai predominately).

In my neighbourhood alone, there are alot of Russians mixed in with African Americans, Indians and Hispanics. On the whole, I find Milwaukee to be pretty European in influence.

RE: How Racially Diverse Is Your Community?

Tue Sep 26, 2000 3:43 am

Mine is like 30% black, 5% white, and 65% hispanic. My friend though lives in Washington Heights and there it is 100% Dominican.

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