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  •  My wife immigrated to Columbia, MO (17+ / 0-)

    way back in 1965 as a nurse from the Philippines. We still have good friends there and even had a reunion there a couple of years ago.

    I am half Filipino on my father's side and half mongrel [Irish, German, Dutch, Cherokee, etc., etc.] on my Tennessee hillbilly DAR mother's side,  Funny thing, I look "different" and when asked what nationality I was, I always answered American. If pressed, I would reveal my ethnic ancestry.

    Thing is, I have known for about 40 years now where America is going. My wife is part Filipino, part Chinese, and part Spanish. She is gorgeous. Our only daughter is even more exotically stunning. You may see her on TV if you watch televised poker. But its my three grandkids who take the cake. My daughter was widowed early after having a son with her first Mexican American spouse. She then had a son and a daughter with her second spouse, a German-El Salvadoran.

    My daughter, and all three grandkids schooled in Irvine, California in the most diverse school system in the U.S. From the very start, 34 years ago when my daughter first started school, I was awe-struck attending school events where the school body consisted of white, Latino, Asian (Chinese, Filipino, Thailanders, Indians, Pakistanis, Japanese, and virtually all asian cultures), Middle Eastern, African and African-Americans. And you know what, these kids are now marrying each other and their kids are turning out stunningly beautiful.

    Having kids and/or their parents over at the house at all times of different ethnic backgrounds has been an exciting and very rewarding experience. Friends are friends, no matter what. Democrats or Republicans. One percenters or 99 percenters. More than that, it has let me see what American is becoming. Irvine is a microcosom of what this great nation will be. A place where shared values trump genes. Which is what I believe to be the essence of your diary.

    I cannot wait until the day when all Americans see this the same way. In the final analysis, what makes this country great is not where we have come from, but where we are going - a nation of people, endowed by the Creator with certain rights who have decided to govern themselves as a community of individuals, all working together for the common good, free to define on their own what to pursue for their own happiness under a set of fair and just rules that make sure that they each have the opportunity to make their own choices.

    But here is the cincher - if my descendents and my neighbors' descendants are any indication, in the future free and tolerant Americans will also be extremely attractive people.

    The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions. James Russell Lowell

    by Serendipity on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 08:12:37 AM PST

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