Cultural Diversity: We are All Human

In the world we live in, it can be difficult to find ourselves while trying to keep up with the images that our society portrays (via television, social media, magazines, YouTube, work, school, etc.). How skinny is appropriate? How should you dress? Act? Additionally, individuals, especially children who are biracial or come from different cultures, may find it difficult to fit in anywhere. Does that make them different? Of course not. We are all unique. Just because we all look differently, it doesn’t mean that we don’t all have a heart, mind, and consciousness to be kind to everyone around you, regardless of their race or culture. Embrace cultural diversity because remember, we are all human. 

Poem: Who Am I? 

I don’t generally write poetry, but I wanted to share this poem (not a traditional kind) I wrote in high school. Bear with me if it’s bad. I wrote it in high school. My English teacher loved it. I think she enjoyed the confused biracial teen aspect of it. I was at a period in my life where I was trying to find where I fit in. I added the last two lines as an adult.

I remember being half-Korean and half-Puerto Rican and born in the U.S., but I wasn’t sure who to be friends with because I didn’t feel like I fit in. I was often asked why I couldn’t speak “my language.” What exactly was my language? I was called “chinky” (so you will see it in the poem) because of my eyes, but I had tan skin. I didn’t fit in with the Asians or the Hispanics. I looked more like I was Filipino, so I thought maybe I should hang around them. Most of the Filipinos spoke Tagalog, and I didn’t. That was a struggle. To complicate things, I dated an African American boy throughout high school. There were times that I was asked, “Why are you trying to be Black?”

Ultimately, I had to dig inside myself and find who I was at my core. What were my likes/interests and goals/dreams/ambitions? I focused on my core and surrounded myself with like-minded people, regardless of race or culture.

Who am I?

Some say I look Asian, but people wonder why

I can’t speak another language.

Does this make me not Asian?

Who am I?

Because my father is from Puerto Rico

And my mother is from Korea,

Am I supposed to like beans, rice, and kimchi?

What is “Amercian” food?

Who am I?

Am I supposed to be friends with Korean people

Because I have “chinky” eyes?

Who was given the right to decide where I belong?

Who am I?

I say I am a strong half-Puerto Rican, half-Korean female

Who is American.

I do not need to speak Korean or Spanish to be of descent.

Who am I?

I am who I choose to be.

My opportunities are endless if I do not let society define me,

And I manifest the brilliant characters within myself

That identify who I am:

A leader, a teacher, a parent, a wife, a nurse, and a comforter.

Who are you?

Five Tips to Help with Cultural Diversity, Biracial, and/or just Finding Yourself

  1. Focus on your core values and goals. If you are grounded in your beliefs, make decisions that won’t sway away from them, regardless of outside influences. You are in control of your future. No one will care about your future more than you will. Always have goals. When you accomplish goals, set new ones. We can always learn and grow. Spend your energy on your goals, and you will attract like-minded people.
  2. Find like-minded friends and mentors. Outside appearances or cultures don’t matter as much as what is in a person’s head and heart. Are you kind, honest, loving, strive to be your best, etc.? However you choose to live your life, that is exactly what you will attract. Embrace those friends and mentors who are like you, regardless of culture or race. These like-minded friends and mentors will push you to accomplish far more than you ever dreamed you could, and you will do the same for them.
  3. Ignore ignorance and negativity. Just know that you will NEVER make everyone like you. EVER. Don’t waste your energy on negative influences. Please, use your energy on positive and productive goals in your life.
  4. Smile. No one can take your sunshine away from you. Even if you don’t feel like smiling, a forced smile can change how you feel inside. You will be happier with yourself and the world if you have a smile on your face.
  5. Succeed. We will all be judged a lot in our lives. That’s a negative aspect of human nature. There is nothing we can do about being judged. You do have control over your success. Regardless of your culture or race, everyone can succeed. That is a positive quality in human nature. Set your goals based on your core values, ignore negativity, surround yourself with positive like-minded people, smile, and go succeed. That’s it.  

What Has Been Your Experience?

Was I the only confused teenager out there? I eventually came around, but it was difficult figuring out where I “fit” in. I realized that I “fit” in where I wanted to be. I had the choice of who I wanted to become. I attracted and sought out friends who supported me, and I supported them.

Do you have any personal experiences with cultural diversity or multiracial influences of “fitting” in? Or what about general experiences of trying to “fit” in? Was there anything you did that helped? Please share in the comment below.

Thanks for reading. Have a wonderful day! (P.S. The featured image photo is Jy, my second son, when he was one.)

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88 thoughts on “Cultural Diversity: We are All Human

  1. Oh,That was a long post.I enjoyed reading this.Above all we are human,no matter from which race,country we belong to and what rituals,traditions,beleifs we follow.Among all the diversified aspects,We are unite in a common pleasure;that’s,”Homo sapiens”.Additionally,keep embracing,grooming and growing yourself.Cause all that matters is ourself.

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  2. I always love the practical tips. Practice makes perfect … well, close. As a teacher, parent, and human being, I think “fitting in” is always something to consider, a life-challenge that’s ongoing. I don’t have a specific example, but there have been many. I think the core is key. Whether it was different levels of schooling, multiple careers, the military, or being an author, it’s always been something I’ve been able to rely on in tough times. Thanks for sharing your poem and your experiences.

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  3. Diversity adds color to life! We both are different but we respect each other. I’ll always treasure a friend like you! Best wishes to your family. 🙂

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  4. Awesome! I love the Diversity backronym! I was also a lost teenager always trying to figure out where I fit in, as I think most of us were. It is one reason I am so grateful to be 36 and finally comfortable in my skin and values. I definitely believe that it is vital we continue working towards seeing each other as just people. People with individual stories and experiences regardless of what we look like. That would be true equality! Thank you for your very heartfelt and true words! ~Anne

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    1. Thank you, Anne! Glad to know I wasn’t alone. I’m 38. We are close in age! 🙌 You are so right. Everyone has stories and experiences. All unique and necessary in this world. Thanks for reading. It looks like I followed one of your other blogs. I didn’t realize you had a couple. Wow! Good for you! I have two, but I seem to be only able to keep up with one!

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      1. Me too, that’s why of kind of just switched over to this one now that my story is concluded. Now I’m trying to put it together into a book🤞. So happy to connect! You have very similar thoughts to mine, and I always appreciate your posts❤️

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  5. Ipuna,

    you are better in every post.Great post. I like to say that I am the citizen of world,just like you, just like all people in our great planet.But also, we are all residents of the universe. We are all flesh and blood but primarily energy. I agree with you, totally ,they divided us through the media,because they control us easier on that way.Can you imagine how powerful the people will be united .Language of love is a language that everyone understands. All we need is love

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    1. Citizen of the world. I LOVE the Ben! I’m a citizen with you! 🙌 And a resident of the universe! Smiles and love. Let’s hand them out freely. That’s beautiful. United (that would be amazing!) But we can start by handing our smiles and love.

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  6. I like that strong and effective message “Embrace The Cultural Diversity, because remember we are all Human”. I for one agree 100% with what you wrote in this article. It’s about respecting each other regardless of status, religion, race or just anything. It’s about living close to others thoughts, not to fully apply but at least understand and respect. At the end of the day, we are what we say and do. Keep up the positive message for the betterment of mankind, if we have 1000000 people like you, we will be living in ‘paradise’ instead of this current ‘chaos’ world.

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  7. This is a BEAUTIFUL post, and that was a BEAUTIFUL poem! My parents are both Thai but I live in America, and I can just FEEL the judgement people have when they look at me (even though there are no particular stereotypes against Asians — except for the eyes), whereas there is no judgement in their glance when they look at whites. It just makes me sad that there’s judgement like this — we’re all human, no matter what!

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    1. I love learning that about you! Yeah, I used to get asked all the time why I didn’t speak “my language.” It’s interesting. Thank you for reading. The struggles of becoming comfortable in our own skin!

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  8. Very nice poem Ipuna. I’m lucky looking like a typical caucasian Australian that I don’t suffer any racial prejudice (plenty of gender prejudice living in a town that hasn’t grown out of the 1950s but that’s another story) 😉
    Thanks for sharing and making us all think about cultural diversity.

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  9. For many years I tried to become an English woman even though I speak with an Italian accent and I’m a short and dark. Only now have I reclaimed my Sicilian-ness and my blog is a sign of that. But this doesn’t mean that I don’t conform to British customs. So no double kissing! 😉

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  10. Thank you for this, Sunshine. These are very practical tips and helpful too.
    I agree with John that “fitting in” is always something to consider. Everyone goes through that phase one way or another.

    I believe this may fit in this category. Between the ages of 12 -14, I had trouble fitting in among my peers. My girl friends thought I was too tough for a girl (maybe because I didn’t like all those ‘girly’ activities and I hated PINK). And to my guy friends, I was just that – a girl and so was not fit to hang with the boys. I tried forcing my way in but that just pushed them further away. And paved way for bullying from seniors.

    Finally, I decided not to care what anyone thought anymore and to just be me. So, I took time to find myself. Now, I have more girl friends and hang out with anyone I want to. Yet I am still the same person they previously shunned.

    I’ve realized that unless you value yourself and know who you are, not many will.

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    1. Jane. Are you like 60 years old??? You are AMAZING! I can’t believe what comes out of your mouth. Wow! Side note: I don’t like pink much either! 😬 I’m a red girl “Girl on Fire” like Katniss Everdeen. Okay. Back to you. You summed it up! We must value ourselves first. Beautiful. Thank you for your wise wisdom my friend! 😘

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  11. This is really a wonderful post! I like your little poem (it’s better than what I can write even now 😛) and I love the message behind it. ❤

    I always wonder, why can’t we all get along together? Why must people label someone else as “white” or “black” or this or that? I live in a multi-cultural country, yet the politicians are playing the “race” card to get more votes from the majority race. 🙁

    Personally I’m a Chinese who can’t read or write in Chinese (except for my own name and numbers 1 – 99; haven’t quite learned the character for 100 yet 😛). While English is something that really interests me, for some reason the Chinese language feels… not interesting to me. It’s not something rare here, but it does give me a bit of insecurity sometimes. I don’t feel too bad about it now, so I joke with my husband (he can’t read or write Chinese either) that we’d feel at home more in, say, UK than in China. 😆

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  12. You have hit just the right tips Ipuna! Being Indian myself, I can totally relate to this back in the days in middle school. It can be hard to fit in but understood my core values which made everything easier 🙂

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  13. I usually don’t get so much time to read long post, unless it’s very captivating.

    Your post usually 99% time kept me going with the flow.

    Sorry have to repeat my lines again, I can’t disagree with what you wrote.

    I also faced the same issue, I am a Pakistani with mind of a lost soul wandering in every direction mainly overseas.

    So it was difficult for people at my end, to understand me and for me to understand them.

    So I took up myself, I left my home country to stay by my side and explore myself.

    I found a lot of my true colors of life.

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    1. I’m usually brief with my posts. That happened to be long! ha ha. I’ve must have been passionate about it. I love your background and the courage you had to find your true colors of life and share them with all of us. That is beautiful. Thank you.

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      1. The pleasure is all mine, I think the more I share about myself, the better I get to know myself.

        So sharing is giving. I initially thought I am the only master piece of its kind lol.

        But turns out, I was going through a age bracket, which is like this. And it was normal to have that frustration anger etc etc.

        Just need to flow it in the proper stream. Which started this blog. It’s now like a conselling journey, more than self discovery, though I still try to discover myself every now than.

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  14. Oh lots of various issues Ipuna, but I am stronger for it. I grew up in the South and diverse it was not. I am part Thai and dad is from US. I am American. But I sometimes get a blank stare…”WHERE ARE YOU FROM?” Everyone assumes I am Filipino. I once MCd an Asian Pacific American Islander Heritage Month Celebration–they wanted me to read a few phrases in Tagalog–it was bad, in front of roughly 200 people. I was an embarrassment to all the Filipinos. I should have spoken Japanese. I lived there for four years; it sounds much better. 🙂

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  15. I get where you’re coming from – completely. My mother is Chinese but born in India, my father has mixed roots of Indian and Portuguese and all us three kids ended up looking more Filipino. Moving to Bahrain when I was one didn’t help as it meant – not only did we look different, we only spoke English and didn’t have an Indian accent. Now living in NZ, I get asked – where’s the last name from? Are you Hispanic? How come you have an American accent? And yet somehow the Filipinos here are drawn to me launching into Tagalog. I like to say I am global and identify with every single culture that has gone into me, including the Arab influence as I grew up there and it was a good part of 20 years. Thank you. Thank you for not making me feel alone!

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    1. Wow! I love your diversity! Thank you for making me feel not alone!! We are human. That’s it, right?!!! I love how you have traveled. It’s taken me some time to not care that I don’t fit a mold. I don’t think molds really exist nowadays. Diversity is increasing. Thank you for sharing your background. I love it!

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  16. That poem was so real. I feel like some of my teenage writing was the rawest. I believe we don’t overthink as much as we do in adulthood.

    I love hearing stories about identity and how we all have a path that leads us to feel we’re grounded in who we are.

    It’s interesting and sometimes hurtful to hear all of the assumptions people make about those of us who may be more racially ambiguous. But the reality is we’re all a mix of something and if everyone accepted that, we wouldn’t make such a big deal about race. I think we’d just let people express their identity in the way they wanted.

    Thanks for another lovely and thoughtful post! Blessings.

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    1. I love hearing stories about identity too. We all have a story that molds us. Some are tougher than others. YES! On the identity expression. I agree 100%. I’ve been told numerous time, “Why can’t I speak my language?” This falls along the same lines. I am Korean and Puerto Rican, but I was born in TX. I was only taught English. I may learn later. What is my language? Ultimately, I’m okay with speaking whatever I want to. Blessings to you too!!!❤️​

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      1. Indeed! You can speak whatever language you like. 🙂 And it’s unfortunate that people try to categorize in that way. Ultimately, we’re American, but some refuse to see it because of how we look. Love hearing your wisdom and experiences always!

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