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I watched an interview of a Chinese Mauritian living in an African island nation called Mauritius. He said the diversity experience in Mauritius is like a fruit salad, with each ingredient having its own unique and wonderful flavor enhancing the overall product. The U.S. melting pot theory isn’t working so well because it’s like taking that fruit salad and making a puree, the overall product dominated by the strongest flavor. In the U.S., it’s difficult to live as all I am instead of living focused on the ‘dominant flavor.’ I understand completely what I need to do or how I need to behave to contribute positively to the community I live in. At the same time, I speak both Japanese and English, I can dress myself in my own kimono, I cook many different Japanese foods, I read Japanese news and I communicate regularly with other half Japanese people, some in other countries, to stay in touch with issues I think are unique only to us. This is embracing all that I am, not separating myself from others. I believe this is much healthier than disappearing into the ‘dominant flavor’ by ignoring my racial background.
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