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Old 06-28-2013, 03:18 PM
 
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Hey everyone!

I hope this does not offend anyone but this is truly a genuine question; I am a young, Asian-American professional looking to move to the Louisville area for a job. I was wondering how accepting the city was to diversity. I hate even asking this question because this is 2013 but i'll be honest, I witnessed some bad stuff recently on a trip to Dallas that I have never witnessed before in my home town of Syracuse, NY. I don't mean to lump Kentucky with Texas because i'm sure they are different, but that is why i'm asking.

I look forward to your responses!

Jamie
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Old 06-28-2013, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Louisville KY Metro area
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Hey everyone!

I hope this does not offend anyone but this is truly a genuine question; I am a young, Asian-American professional looking to move to the Louisville area for a job. I was wondering how accepting the city was to diversity. I hate even asking this question because this is 2013 but i'll be honest, I witnessed some bad stuff recently on a trip to Dallas that I have never witnessed before in my home town of Syracuse, NY. I don't mean to lump Kentucky with Texas because i'm sure they are different, but that is why i'm asking.

I look forward to your responses!

Jamie
Jamie, to brand an entire state for the behaviors of a few is simply a racist act. While I understand your fears and concerns, it is simply wrong to fear all of Texas as the individuals who hurt you.

Now, therefore, it would be wrong for me to say that you will be absolutely safe in Louisville, or even Syracuse, but Louisville is a metropolitan city with lots of people from all around the world, including Texas. So, if you saw something bad in Texas, and those people moved to Kentucky, would they be considered Texans or Kentuckians?
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Old 06-28-2013, 07:14 PM
 
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Yea exactly, and that's why I put in my post, not trying to lump everyone together. I gave a specific incident but actually saw and witnessed more but didn't want to post it. I know not all Texans are like that but if you are ever a victim of racism, it becomes something to be wary of. You said by me lumping together a state was a "racist act." Respect your opinion but from my perspective, a "Racist Act" is about race...stereotype is about previous and past experiences. Sooo me lumping a state together (which is what I clearly said I wasn't trying to do) based on "experiences" would be stereotyping, not a "racist act." A racist act, would be, hating all black people for the sole reason of their race. If I said all Texans are "fill in blank racial slur," that would be a racist act. I get your point though.

Thanks for your response!

J

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Old 06-28-2013, 09:01 PM
 
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Yea exactly, and that's why I put in my post, not trying to lump everyone together. I gave a specific incident but actually saw and witnessed more but didn't want to post it. I know not all Texans are like that but if you are ever a victim of racism, it becomes something to be wary of. You said by me lumping together a state was a "racist act." Respect your opinion but from my perspective, a "Racist Act" is about race...stereotype is about previous and past experiences. Sooo me lumping a state together (which is what I clearly said I wasn't trying to do) based on "experiences" would be stereotyping, not a "racist act." A racist act, would be, hating all black people for the sole reason of their race. If I said all Texans are "fill in blank racial slur," that would be a racist act. I get your point though.

Thanks for your response!

J
Louisville is a very diverse and accepting city. It is larger than Syracuse, however, much smaller than Dallas. I have lived in many major cities and seen racism every where. Recently, I was on a bus in Santa Monica, CA, doing some urban tourism, and saw a black wheelchair bound man verbally abuse an elderly, beach bum looking homeless person. I mean, cussing, swinging, etc, to where the bus driver pulled over and I really felt unsafe. However, I know LA is not a racist city, although it has had some major nationally publicized issues in the last 2 decades (Rodney King anyone).

I would say, in general, for weather, jobs, food, growth, art, almost anything, Louisville is going to be a grade above Syracuse. Nothing beats your hometown, though.

Here is a young Asian club (open to all races) in Louisville:

Asia Institute Crane House - Crane House Young Professionals

Louisville is a big time up and coming city:

PNC Kentucky Pres. Chuck Denny: 'Louisville evolving into first-tier city, but look out for Raleigh' | Insider Louisville
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Old 06-29-2013, 10:19 AM
 
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AWESOME REPLY DUDE!

I know I may not have worded my question right; and didn't mean to offend anyone. But your right, racism is in every place.

I think L'ville looks awesome!

Jamie
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Old 06-29-2013, 11:24 AM
 
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Louisville is cool and accepting so long as you stay out of the trashy-redneck parts of town, which are many, but also easy to avoid. while there are a lot of Asians here, most are immigrants. I don't see many Asian americans in Louisville. That being said, On of my good friends is Korean-American and moved here from boston. she lives in old Louisville and loves it.

and btw peter, in my opinion L.A. is by far the most racist city I have ever lived in by a wide margin. granted I lived there during the early to mid nineties which was a very tumultuous time, but I have never seen such hatred practiced on a daily basis by all ethnic groups as I witnessed during my time there.
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Old 06-29-2013, 08:45 PM
 
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kytoez,

Thanks for the response, I'm really hoping I get the position, i'm up for a new adventure

Jamie
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Old 07-02-2013, 05:39 PM
 
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Louisville is cool and accepting so long as you stay out of the trashy-redneck parts of town, which are many, but also easy to avoid. while there are a lot of Asians here, most are immigrants. I don't see many Asian americans in Louisville. That being said, On of my good friends is Korean-American and moved here from boston. she lives in old Louisville and loves it.

and btw peter, in my opinion L.A. is by far the most racist city I have ever lived in by a wide margin. granted I lived there during the early to mid nineties which was a very tumultuous time, but I have never seen such hatred practiced on a daily basis by all ethnic groups as I witnessed during my time there.

I am not a fan of LA. Now San Diego....sign me up! Too expensive though.

I also agree with you that Louisville has its redneck areas, but doesn't every city? I am from Chicago, and the south side is very "redneck," it is just their accents do not have a southern drawl. With regards to professional asians....there are quite a few. It is not like the coasts, but compared to a city like Syracuse, the OP will notice no difference besides a faster growing city, a bit more artistic, and much better restaurants.
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
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Hello and Welcome to the Louisville Forum here at City Data Miss Jaime.
Lots of Good Luck wishes, in regards to the job. Louisville is a great city, with lots to do
and I think you will probably love it!
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Old 07-03-2013, 07:08 AM
 
Location: downtown phoenix
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I am not a fan of LA. Now San Diego....sign me up! Too expensive though.

I also agree with you that Louisville has its redneck areas, but doesn't every city? I am from Chicago, and the south side is very "redneck," it is just their accents do not have a southern drawl. With regards to professional asians....there are quite a few. It is not like the coasts, but compared to a city like Syracuse, the OP will notice no difference besides a faster growing city, a bit more artistic, and much better restaurants.
You are correct that there are trashy people everywhere, there are just more of them here than most places I've been. Agreed on san diego, btw. except for those chargers,lol.
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