Noodle Tacos with a hint of Curry

One of the positive side effects of the economic crisis is that it lets people take a look around them. More and more people are paying attention to what is going on in the world. All of a sudden what the economies elsewhere are doing is not irrelevant to the common person anymore. No not when foreign companies are the ones buying the remains of our auto industry.

While many common people have been crying foul at globalization, it took the economic down turn for the US to finally stop giving tax breaks to companies that took jobs overseas. Yeap, I said it before, if a job can be performed here in the US, it should stay here. I am an American, and while I was born in Colombia you do not need to tell me to go back to my country. I am quite comfortable watching the world change from here.

The world is far from flat, and globalization is harder to understand than what one book or even research on the subject can really explain. I have a very different perspective on the subject because even though I am not a natural born citizen, I did finish my education and started my career here in the U.S.

So what does this have to do with noodle tacos with a hint of curry?

Recently I had a couple of conversations with older white middle upper class north Americans. They are and have been the ruling demographic here in the U.S. However, they are frightened at the thought that they are slowly becoming the minority.

Being a minority is scary, it is something that is not easy to deal with. Many middle upper class Americans had never even considered that they were a minority in a lot of ways. People in the US seem to not care about the global stage, I don’t get why but I constantly hear “who gives a $#!7 what the world thinks of us?”. Just look at the raw population number and over 50% of the humans alive right now are actually Asian. Whites make up less than 10% of the world population.

Ask any middle class Indian how they feel about globalization and natural resources and they will explain that the Americans and Europeans were early to the global buffet line, but they want in on it too… and there are a lot more of them. China has more English speakers than the U.S. and Latin America’s economies are truly emerging. Just recently I learned that oil exploration down south is being done in a large percentage by China.

Many Asian countries are looking elsewhere in the world, specially Africa, for farmland. I will leave this for another post to flesh out (because it angers me that now the world wants to invest in irrigation and farming technology in Africa, but it is not to feed the hungry but to secure future resources for themselves… I digress).

So here come the “o-shit” factor. In the push for low wages and outsourcing US companies strengthened the economies of both China and India. The Latino population in the U.S. is growing and we are now the largest minority already making whites minorities in areas you would never think of opening a burrito shop.

This makes me happy in many levels. Mainly because it really angers bigoted people that wear the xenophobia under their crisply dry cleaned shirts. Realistic individuals will see that with globalization comes multiculturalism and lots of changes, and while I don’t go as far as believing in a one world government (as my buddy XO talks about) mainly because I believe that humanity is not capable (like my other buddy Emawk eloquently wrote), the world is now becoming a huge melting pot. I am just sitting back and waiting for a tasty meal.

6 comments on “Noodle Tacos with a hint of Curry

  1. Great post!

    The whole minority/majority racial thing amuses me. People don’t realize that there is no such thing as “race”. It is an artificial construct designed to seperate one group of people from another. But there is no test that can be performed to what “race” a person belongs to because there is no such thing!

    I have seen studies that say at some point in the future, everyone will have basically the same skin color and facial features. Not that we will all look exactly alike, by any means. But it will no longer be possible to tell much about a person’s biological heritage just by looking at them.

    At that point, there won’t be any minorities or majorities. There will just be people. Which is what I already see when I look around. Just people. Earthlings.

  2. We’ve done whatever we want for so long, because we could. I think the world needs one country to lead. Although there is a big differnce between being a leader and being a dictator. We need to quit being the dictator and be more of a leader.

  3. I would like to see the US start to join in the melting pot by teaching our children to speak more than one language. I’ve always encouraged my own children to explore languages. I taught them what I could in German and as it became available in school they took classes. In so many places in the world people learn a second language at an early age. It would be nice to see Americans do the same. I know I wish I had learned Spanish at an earlier age. My accent would probably be a whole lot better.

  4. Stacey K – I think the saying is, “If you speak 3 or more languages, you are multi-lingual. If you speak 2 languages, you are bi-lingual. If you only speak 1 language, you’re an American.”

  5. I’m confused by the comment Stacey K made. It was a requirement when I was in school for us to learn an additional language. At my high school, we had the choices of Latin, Spanish, and French. In college, the requirement continued, and expanded to include German and Japanese. Maybe I’m in the minority on that? Or do they not require that anymore??? I do wish I’d started earlier, though. Learning an additional language as a child seems like it would have been so much easier.

  6. Faith,

    In most schools while you do have the option of choosing a language as an elective, it is not one of the requirements. Some other places don’t offer it. It varies from State to State. I don’t think the GED requires a foreign language, but I might research that just so I know.

    Learning a language as a child is actually positive in several ways.

    A child before the age of 10 can learn up to 10 languages and switch between them without much problem. This was something that my interpreter teacher told me about and I have read several articles in the subject that support that claim. While very rare at that high number, there are several places where it is easier for a kid to acquire 3 – 5 languages from infancy, specially in Europe. I personally know of 2 families that have multilingual kids.

    The other advantage to learn another language as a kid is phonetics. Being able to make and distinguish different noises makes a kid physiologically more apt to learn various languages. Asian languages show us very much so, because they have trouble with some of our phonemes as we do we theirs. The simple one to trip people with is the Spanish use of the “rr” sound.

    The last cool thing about starting kids with language very early is tolerance. The younger a kid starts to recognize other sounds, the more comfortable and less likely xenophobic the person will be as a grown up. I wish I remember the study on this, but I believe it was done by one of the big British universities. I could talk about linguistics for hours :) but most people get bored, lol.

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