(A Chinese gent asks Cobb how is it that Americans get used to seeing people of different colors and backgrounds all as Americans.)
There is a great book by Thomas Sowell called Ethnic America. (Ethnic America ) It describes how, over many generations, each major group of immigrants to the United States gradually integrated into society. Each group was unique but they also had many similarities. I read it over 30 years ago, so I don't recall many details. But what I do remember is that in many cities, there were low rent neighborhoods where these immigrants started that gradually changed flavor as time went by. What may have started as an Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn gave way to a Jewish neighborhood, then Caribbeans moved in and then Vietnamese. Some groups are larger than others so some parts of the neighborhood remain the same. But each group brings their own traditions and food and clothing styles. So over time, Americans are accustomed to eating the food of many cultures and of doing business with many different cultures.
When we say work hard, speak English, respect the flag and obey the law, we mean it. It is the least you can do when you make America your home and many millions have done so over the years. This is all that is required. It remains simple, it remains easy. Americans want good neighbors, period.
We have traditions of ethnic comedy. As groups mainstream into America there are comedians and entertainers who exaggerate differences and make jokes. We have traditions of crossover music in which various styles and instruments are blended into pop music. We have traditions of churches being bought and sold. What started as a Jewish synagogue in one generation becomes a black Southern Baptist church in the next. We have traditions of specialty banks where immigrants run their own financial affairs and then over time sell the banks to larger American banks. Bank of America started as an Italian bank. Everywhere in every ethnic enclave, there are paths to integration and assimilation. Some characteristics change, some stay the same. Every group is different, and of course there are differences within immigrant groups. Americans are very comfortable with this.
Some cities are more accommodating than others. Sometimes several generations will pass and some fragment of people stay in the same place and same profession. California is geographically located at the southern border and western 'border', so many immigrants come from Asia, Mexico and South America. San Francisco, the great port city, is the home to many Chinese. People also forget that Americans of all sorts tend to be very mobile. There are regional differences of course, but it is common for families to live in many different states, especially those who serve in the Armed Forces as many immigrants and their descendants have. Everybody doesn't blend in everywhere, everybody doesn't want to. But it's a big country and people do find their way.
One time I had a thought experiment to try and figure out immigration and reduce the number of different statuses to a few. I was surprised to find that there are literally dozens of different statuses for immigrants, visitors, guest workers and other non-citizens. The government keeps way more of this information than the American people care about.
In America, as with any place, we have people who are very civilized & sophisticated and people who are less so. I choose to represent myself as one who tries to be wise. Human wisdom is the same everywhere, today and throughout history. You will find wise men and fools in America, but I assure you, that no matter what foolishness you may have seen, the wise have the all advantages. This is a very good place for civilized people.
Finally, I want to say that I watched Ip Man last night on Netflix. I have heard about it many times. It was a great movie, even though the first two films are very nationalistic, I know Americans love and respect heroes like Ip Man. In addition to everything I've said, Americans love movies and we watch a lot of foreign films here. Where I grew up in California, people don't say 'Chinese' kung fu movie, or 'Japanese' anime. Kung fu and anime (among many other things like pizza) are part of America. If an American told me he is studying 'Korean' Taekwondo, I would think that maybe it was a special kind of Taekwondo. The point I am trying to make is that people of the world affect and change America and American culture. We embrace the world. We feel as though we can understand the world. We even make songs like 'We are the world'.
We are kind of like the Borg. A nice Borg that lets you keep your own individuality.