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Old 02-16-2021, 04:49 PM
 
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Not really diverse from a certain angle.
From Boston to Houston, people pretty much speak the same language, eat the same food, watch the same movies, and have the same life style.

In many countries, people from adjacent cities cannot understand each other (if they don't speak the lingua franca).
Usually they have very different food and so on as well.

American cities have people of all sorts of origins, but if every major city is the same, it actually becomes non-diverse.
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Old 02-16-2021, 08:27 PM
 
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Not really diverse from a certain angle.
From Boston to Houston, people pretty much speak the same language, eat the same food, watch the same movies, and have the same life style.

In many countries, people from adjacent cities cannot understand each other (if they don't speak the lingua franca).
Usually they have very different food and so on as well.

American cities have people of all sorts of origins, but if every major city is the same, it actually becomes non-diverse.
Really? Other cities probably have similar stats, but in the LA school district, ~200 languages are spoken in the homes of the students.
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Old 02-17-2021, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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Not really diverse from a certain angle.
From Boston to Houston, people pretty much speak the same language, eat the same food, watch the same movies, and have the same life style.

In many countries, people from adjacent cities cannot understand each other (if they don't speak the lingua franca).
Usually they have very different food and so on as well.

American cities have people of all sorts of origins, but if every major city is the same, it actually becomes non-diverse.
Not entirely true. Boston and Huston are very different cities culturally. They may speak the same language but there are regional variations; political and social life is very, very different... One city relies on mass transit and is dense, the other relies on cars and is spread out. Popular cuisine is quite different.
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Old 02-17-2021, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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As different as Houston and Boston are, they are like two peas in a pod if we go for the differences between the Indian states of Punjab, Kerala and Odisha.
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Old 02-18-2021, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Baltimore
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probably
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Old 02-18-2021, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Baltimore
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Not really diverse from a certain angle.
From Boston to Houston, people pretty much speak the same language, eat the same food, watch the same movies, and have the same life style.

In many countries, people from adjacent cities cannot understand each other (if they don't speak the lingua franca).
Usually they have very different food and so on as well.

American cities have people of all sorts of origins, but if every major city is the same, it actually becomes non-diverse.
Not really. I mean sort of but not really. There is a shared American culture but then distinct and viable local cultures, and then ethnic subcultures within each locale.

Like white people from Boston and black people from Houston probably aren't speaking the same dialect, eating the same food, watching the same movies or living a similar lifestyle.

A white person from Boston would probably hit it off more with an Australian of any race than a black person from Houston and thats the truth.
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Old 02-19-2021, 12:19 AM
 
Location: Brisbane
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Really? Other cities probably have similar stats, but in the LA school district, ~200 languages are spoken in the homes of the students.
That is common in immigrant cities all over the world, really I thought the Unified LA school District (if that is what you are talking about) would be more a 300 + language type area?

The big thing is that in immigrant cities like Sydney and Melbourne for instance, where no one would even blink at been told there is 200+ languages spoken in an area as big as the Unified LA school district, they are also almost universally also taught in English, which tends to unify all the different people. I can't say that is the case in LA, however if that is the case it ultimately removed diversity.

Just imagine if each school in the unified LA school district taught its entire curriculum in the underlying major language of the immediate area surrounding it, and English was taught as a second language, or not at all.
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Old 02-19-2021, 08:25 AM
 
Location: SE UK
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This thread is a mess, it seems to me that people are struggling to understand the difference between race, ethnicity and culture, then you have someone complaining that people don't appreciate the diversity of the US and then starts claiming that 'European' = some kind of homogeneous Anglo Saxon! The US is diverse but also Europe has been diverse for centuries before the US even existed! Ancestors of people in Australia of European dissent were diverse before they even left Europe! Yes the US is diverse but anybody that thinks France is full of pure Gallic people or that Britons are some kind of pure breed Anglo Saxons (Victorian attempt at a kind of Nazi master race theory) obviously don't know what they're talking about and almost certainly have never visited French or British cities. I'm guessing Europe, North America, South America and Australasia are the most diverse places but even then it's only perhaps because I'm a bit more ignorant when it comes to India and the African continent.
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Old 02-19-2021, 09:13 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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The big thing is that in immigrant cities like Sydney and Melbourne for instance, where no one would even blink at been told there is 200+ languages spoken in an area as big as the Unified LA school district, they are also almost universally also taught in English, which tends to unify all the different people. I can't say that is the case in LA, however if that is the case it ultimately removed diversity.
Every public school and university in the United States teaches their main curricula in English. There are a few public schools in heavily Hispanic areas that offer Spanish language instruction as an alternative in certain grades and courses. But those are the exceptions.

Basically, nearly everybody who is educated in the United States learns English regardless of their background.

This is not true of Puerto Rico, however. 95% of their population speaks Spanish.
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Old 02-22-2021, 02:19 PM
 
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Not really diverse from a certain angle.
From Boston to Houston, people pretty much speak the same language, eat the same food, watch the same movies, and have the same life style.

In many countries, people from adjacent cities cannot understand each other (if they don't speak the lingua franca).
Usually they have very different food and so on as well.

American cities have people of all sorts of origins, but if every major city is the same, it actually becomes non-diverse.
Bettafish, I’ve seen you comment this on other threads, with your ridiculous assertions that all Americans “eat the same food, have the same lifestyle” etc

Your assertions make some sense when discussing things like language, but become ridiculous, exaggerated, and pointedly false when you extrapolate it to silly things like “watch the same movies” and “have the same lifestyle”. Really? That’s such a stupid thing to say. Society is diverse enough in general to assure that no two people have the same tastes in movies or have the “same lifestyle”.

Second, the US has quite a diverse array of regional and local cuisines. I’m not sure how you get off impugning that American cities are not diverse in that respect.

Boston and Houston have undeniably different metropolitan lifestyles, so your point is absurd on its face. Climate, history, and the different modes of urban development between these two cities force a difference in lifestyle between them, for one. They’re extremely different cities in terms of lifestyle.
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