I’m born and raised in Miami Florida. I haven’t traveled to another country yet other than Canada. I don’t know what it’s like in other countries. But here in the states there are city pockets that are comprised mostly of a particular culture, whether it is Asian, Jewish, “Black”, Italian etc. Sometimes the people who live in these pockets make their way out of their pocket, and I have the pleasure of meeting them, or even just experiencing their presence around me.
Sometimes I’m the one visiting a business staffed by people of a different cultural background like India, or Pakistan. Every time, I’m overwhelmed with interest to know what life is like for them. I want to know what types of challenges, if any, they encounter living here? What are their native customs? What are their values?
I feel lucky to have them here because I can’t get to their country yet. They’ve brought their country to me!!
I want more of a connection than just “credit or debit? Paper or plastic?” Like the girl says in the film “Waking Life” by Richard Linklater. “I want to see you. I want you to see me. I don’t want to give that up”
Talk to me.