Intercultural Mixing In The City Of Oh-so-many-cultures

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Intercultural mixing in the city of oh-so-many-cultures Aug 31, 2005
We all live in a city where people from possibly every country in the world are represented.

However i have noticed that all the cultures dont mix very well. Its understandable when people seek out there countrymen when they first arrive, however very few are those who gain the invaluable experience of reaching out to all the people who live in this wonderful city. Even if people do mix its just at the surface.

Do you guys agree ? and if so , Why is that ?

Ask yourself these questions .. Are the majority of my close friends of a smiliar cultural background as mine ? Did i date a girl/guy from a different culture while here ?



lets hear it ..

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Aug 31, 2005
brilliant point. I've noticed people seeking out individuals with similiar backgrounds a lot. Hell, maybe most people are just scared of coming to a new unfamiliar place and need some comfort in the familiar.

Although i'm not local, i was born here, and lived here almost all my life and have known people from all over, including some Khaleeji friends. I have to say though- when I come across someone from Scotland, or maybe even the states, it does get me screaming 'oooooh scotland' or whatever- it's just someone to relate to. Funny thing is, i have more in common with people who have grown up here (no matter where they're from) than those from 'home'.

I think a large factor though is whether or not you go to school here- you have no choice but to mix with people from other cultures, which is great. I've made friends from all over and I have (i hope) atleast some understanding for their cultures because I don't really have one of my own- my culture has been a mix of everyone elses that i've known here. I've celebrated Eid with friends, danced at Dvali (spelling?) and done the Hakka in a grass skirt.

Although i can appreciate groups of people seeking each other- we should all try and have a taste of another culture- it's good for us! :)
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Aug 31, 2005
That seems very true. Where I'm from, it's gets broken down to color-white, black and mexican. But I can claim all three if I want, so it was never hard for me to meet other people from different backgrounds. Here, it seems to be more about where your from, which is new to me, because in the States, everyone is pretty much from the States(well, at least on the West side of Chicago and in Texas, I've grown up in both) I never had a problem hanging with other people because I fit in everywhere and nowhere at the same time :shock:
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Sep 07, 2005
I think many people here are superficial it's sad to say and they're not really up for looking underneath the surface. People will naturally search out others with similar backgrounds for starts, but it's definately a lot nicer when you have friends from people all over the place, it makes you a bit more worldly.

It certainly makes the dating scene more interesting. I haven't been out with one Brit guy since I've been here, international dating is much more fun and you can certainly work your way round the world.
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Sep 12, 2005
Well that does seem true around most of the hang-outs down here, but it has never been an issue for me- searching out for ppl from my own country or with a similar culture as mine. If anything, im not much of a traditional person myself, having lived in the UAE practically all my life i'v lost touch with what is really my country's culture. Hence, like others i've gained a bit from here & there to result with what i call my own traditions (i pity any future children of mine for the loss! there's nothing for me to pass on! lol)

As answers to the 2 questions u posted: No, there are only about 2 or 3 people who i consider close friends & who also happen to be from a similar background as mine...the rest of my pals are from a wide variety of culture and we all seem to find no problem with that...it's been real great mixing with all these ppl as we tend to grow in terms of personality & more when we get a wider coverage. Usually we have a common hobby or so that has brought us together, and so being from opposite sides of the globe doesn't really matter. Regarding the 2nd question- If u here the combination of a couple i'v made myself u'll have ur eyes poping out...i always received the 'oh-my-god-wat-a-wierd-match' comment every time someone found out our nationalities or saw us 2gether...but its cool & plus i dont know why but i somehow dig guyz from anywhere but where i'm from! :?
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Sep 12, 2005
HEy Guys,

This topic brings to mind the 3 culture kids as they call it, where so many people now have a father of one nationality, mother of another and they've been brought in a country of neither, so how confusing is that going to be.

I know so many people like this now, but they all seem to find some commen ground.
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Sep 12, 2005
Chocoholic wrote:HEy Guys,

This topic brings to mind the 3 culture kids as they call it, where so many people now have a father of one nationality, mother of another and they've been brought in a country of neither, so how confusing is that going to be.

I know so many people like this now, but they all seem to find some commen ground.


That's me my dear (:
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Sep 13, 2005
My mom's black and my dads white and I look arabic/spanish

Chew on that one :wink:
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Sep 13, 2005
Wow, cool!

I think it's a good thing.

So question, where do you guys consider your 'roots' to be and do you embrace the different parts?

I'm interested to hear your thoughts and how you deal with things.
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Sep 13, 2005
if all races fu!#ed the shit out of each other it would end racism as we would all be brown :P
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Sep 17, 2005
You're not wrong!

What's going to happen in countries like China, where they're only allowed 1 baby per family and the preference is for boys and many baby girls are abandoned or killed? Males already outnumber females so in a few years time, they will be forced to marry women from other nationalities, and eventually there'll be no what I'd call pure Chinese, how dumb can you be?
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Sep 17, 2005
Chocoholic wrote:Wow, cool!

I think it's a good thing.

So question, where do you guys consider your 'roots' to be and do you embrace the different parts?

I'm interested to hear your thoughts and how you deal with things.


um...roots...hrmm.... suppose it depends on the situation. i know more about local (arab) culture than either of my own really
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Sep 22, 2005
There isn't very much mixing, compared to the amount of multiculturalism here. Particularly between nationals and expats.
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Dec 16, 2005
Pumpkin Escobar wrote:My mom's black and my dads white

omgosh me too!!!!!!!
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Dec 17, 2005
L_pevensie wrote:
Pumpkin Escobar wrote:My mom's black and my dads white

omgosh me too!!!!!!!


HAHHA gud ol Black and white = brown! :lol:
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