America is a pretty remarkable place, isn't it? We're a nation full of different cultures, religions, ideas, celebrations and values. In almost any state, you can find people who can trace their family's history back to Europe, Africa, Asia, South and Central America, Canada and Australia.
You can worship in Mosques, Cathedrals or Synagogues. You can eat Chinese food, bratwurst, spaghetti, or good ol' fashioned apple pie. You can speak in English, Spanish, Japanese, or Korean while wearing blue jeans or burkas and playing croquet or cricket.
That's why we're sometimes called "The Melting Pot" or "The Tossed Salad," and that's one of the things that makes life so interesting in the U. S. of A.
But what about Denmark? Do they have the same collection of cultures worth celebrating?
Watch this video to learn more:
Pretty amazing, huh? It's hard to believe that until just recently---when immigration from Eastern Europe and the Middle East began to pick up---that Denmark was a nation of mostly Danes! The lack of diversity is really pretty noticeable as you walk on the streets or spend time in public squares.
That's called being homogeneous----and being homogeneous is, in many ways, pretty darn easy. You see, when you're a nation of people who share the same beliefs, languages, cultures and traditions you don't have a whole heck of a lot to fight about, right?!
But is being homogeneous a good thing? Do countries lose a little something when there are only a small handful of different cultures?
Bam Bam Bigelow