Reason #3 I no longer live in New England

The lack of good [ Thai || Chinese || Indian || Mexican || etc ] food. And people.

Today at lunch, I played the role of the token white girl, which never happened when I lived in suburban CT, or backwoods Maine, or upstate NY. I might have had that role if I lived in Boston longer than I did, but I wasn’t ever there, so I didn’t make many friends. Here, the groups of people I hang out with are mixes of all kinds of race, creed, and orientation. It adds “flavah” to my life. Something that was absent growing up in Maine.

Sure, we had a couple kids in town who weren’t white, but there were no adults. I always wondered what would happen to them when they turned 18. Did they have to move? I had one friend who thought he was dark because he drank too much chocolate milk. He didn’t look anything like his two white “aunts” he lived with. Of course it took me until college to question whether or not they were really sisters or if they were a lesbian couple.

Somehow we got on this topic at lunch. R is originally from Japan. It was refreshing to learn that she had a similar problem growing up. Everyone in her town was Japanese, except for one family that “had some Korean blood.” That was it. Occasionally some white people would pass through, but there were rarely even people from other parts of Asia.

After having lived here for a couple of years, I have this expectation that the whole world is multicultural now. But it isn’t. There is still a lot of mixing to do. So get to it!

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Waterbury Girl on November 14, 2007 at 7:38 pm

    That’s why I like Waterbury. It’s very multicultural. Right now, I’m overhearing some of my students talking about what it’s like to visit the towns their parents came from. One student is talking about Italy, another one is talking about Albania. Both are marveling that their ancestral towns are still without electricity or running water. It’s easy to forget how luxurious the basic modern amenities really are, and that people I see every day shuttle back and forth between the two worlds. I think we get used to the world being a certain way, based on our daily experiences, and it’s difficult to realize that life is not the same everywhere. People who have spent their lives in small towns are often perfectly comfortable with small town life, while people who have grown up in multicultural/international cities feel stifled in the small towns. Of course, it also goes the other way–you’re the example of the small town girl who prefers the big city life.;)

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  2. Posted by Calandria on November 15, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    Hey, I’m doing my part.

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  3. Posted by Anonymous on June 20, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Hey- you need to check out Portland these days…Portland is alive and well with multicultural events, people, and restaurants…a real world class city. Though I agree most of Maine is not that way…-Derek

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