reflective on american shaolin

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Insight into different cultures is often an experience that is mildly short-lived and is often times undervalued by the majority of people who live in the US. The commonplace connotation in the United States is that if it’s not American it’s not important or it’s different. Monday night I attended a holiday social event which was held by President Cordova at her house in Westwood, as a part of my Presidential Leadership Class. After the cheerful greetings, the delicious holiday-blend of snacks, and the warm apple cider everyone in the room was invited to take a seat in the atrium where we would listen to our speaker for the evening. Our speaker was the vice provost of the division of diversity and inclusion. When I saw Dr. Taylor take the stage I was expecting another average diversity presentation, proclaiming that being well versed in other cultures is “very valuable in today’s society”, however as soon as she took the podium my assumptions fell to pieces. Dr. Christine Taylor told my class a story. In the story Dr. Taylor was invited to speak at a small town school where none of the children had ever met a person of color. Dr. Taylor proceeded to tell us that she presented a few different races to the young student s asking them what they knew about each. When Dr. Taylor said ok somebody tell me about Hispanic people several eager children raised their hands and they responded oh we love tacos, they wear sombreros, and they take naps in the afternoon. When she asked the students what they thought about Native Americans they said oh they live in tee pees, they ride bareback on horses, and they shoot bow and arrows. Then she asked the young students what they knew about African Americans and they said oh you all love gold, fried chicken, and you listen to loud rap music. Vice provost of the division of diversity asked the young students what they knew about Caucasians and no one raised their hand. She said then that one person in the very back of the room raised their hand and said … “we’re American, we’re normal”. This statement
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  • Spring '11
  • ChadJudkins
  • Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, Chinese martial arts, Shaolin Kung Fu, Xiaolin, Shaolin Monastery, Matthew Polly

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