September 29, 2012
Final Project – Cultural Diversity
Developing an understanding about the diversity of the population in the United States of America is paramount when interacting with demographics different from my own. I fell that the information that I received about others during the Cultural Diversity course has assisted in understanding and relations between those I interact with on a daily basis. One of the subjects covered during the course that stands out in my mind is the discussion of stereotypes. The discussion of stereotypes has made me conscience of my own misunderstanding of other cultures. The Jewish community was one of my most misunderstood cultures. My main misunderstanding about the Jewish community was anchored in religion. Being of Christian faith the Jewish people were like villains. After reading and reviewing about Jewish people I have more understanding and realize that their beliefs are very similar to my own (except for the obvious difference). In addition to learning about other racial, ethnic, and cultural history groups I learned some new information about my own. I was not aware of the vast cultural influence African Americans have in the United States of America. Of course I am aware of African American influence in agriculture, literature, and music. What I was not aware of was African American contribution to the sciences. Some notable contribution to science came from Granville Woods who had a number of patents to improve electric railway systems, including the first system to allow moving trains to communicate ("Wikipedia", 2012). Frederick McKinley Jones contributed by inventing the movable refrigeration unit for food transport in trucks and trains ("Wikipedia", 2012). Lloyd Quarterman worked with several other black scientists on the creation of the atomic bomb (code named the Manhattan Project). In addition Mister Quarterman also assisted in the development of the first nuclear reactor, which was used in the atomically powered submarine called the Nautilus ("Wikipedia", 2012). Doctor Daniel Hale Williams completed the first successful open heart surgery. Dr. Mark Dean holds three of the original nine patents on the computer on which all personal computers are based ("Wikipedia", 2012). African Americans more recent contributions to the science include missile guidance systems system and space shuttle design ("Wikipedia", 2012). Immigration to the United States is a complex demographic phenomenon that has been a major source of population growth and cultural change throughout much of the history of the United States of America. The economic, social, and political aspects of immigration have caused controversy regarding ethnicity, economic benefits, and jobs for non-immigrants, settlement patterns, impact on upward social mobility, crime, and voting behavior. The "Wikipedia" (2012) website states in 2006 the United States accepted more legal immigrants as permanent residents than all other countries in the world combined. The leading countries of origin of immigrants to the United States were Mexico, India, the Philippines, and China. Certain trends in immigration will continue to shape the demographics of the United States. These immigration trends present the question; what will the United States of America population look like in the year 2050? I think the United States of America will see an increase in the population of more densely populated area that have access to more public services; such as public transit, reduced rate housing service and access to more government assisted programs. In most cases these areas are located in or near metropolitan areas. I believe that this trend is a direct result of socioeconomic status. In most cases immigrants live their country of origin because they believe that they will fare better elsewhere. As a result, those with the means to move or have a...