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It’s tragic to have heard that the man in the video threw away his school lunch (I especially have a weakness for lap cheong [the Chinese sausage he mentions]. It’s horrible that even now the experiences that the man had when he was a child in school still persist today. There’s no shame in having almond-shaped eyes (I’ve been told several times that I had ‘beautiful eyes’ which is a surprise to hear every time I hear this, considering how so many individuals in East Asia get surgery to make their eyes look bigger [two of the most beautiful women I have ever met in my life were Chinese and Cambodian and they didn’t have any surgery], there’s no shame in loving East Asian food (I’ve never had the same fondness for American food as I do for Asian food [ranging from Thai, to dim sum, to Indian, to Korean, to Japanese sushi…]), there’s no shame in having a Chinese name (or a Korean name, or a Vietnamese name, etc.). It’s hard to fathom how an Asian name is perceived as hard to pronounce or somehow strange and a name of European origin isn’t. It’s a relative thing; any name is hard to pronounce depending on one’s life experiences and perhaps even bias. There is beauty in every culture, nothing to laugh at. The man in the video says, “We are more multi-holiday than multi-cultural”. I definitely agree. The United States is a multi-ethnic country but it’s only felt shallow, on the surface, just a bunch of empty words that claim to praise diversity but where’s the action? Where’s the genuine interest? (There are certainly many Americans who genuinely involve themselves in events that celebrate the multiculturalism in the US, who reach out to people of cultural backgrounds unlike their own but there can certainly be a lot more Americans who do this for a better America.) Americans have a lot of work to do in taking the time to get to know individuals better; to get to know how rich America is beyond what they know. I wish I could say that what makes America great is its considerable understanding of different cultures but I can’t and it’s a shame because a country with such a rich mix of people ought to realize that its wisdom can come from this; that so many different people can get along so well and still regard each other as sharing one identity (American) in order to see the possibility of a peaceful global society, to put send that message out to the world but it’s not that way. It’s unfortunately just not that way. Thank you for the response and the video.

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