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National Multiculturalism Day

Is today a holiday you may wonder? Well in my book it is the day for celebrating the world's amazing diversity in adherence to the motto that "even though we are different, we are one people." How did such a holiday come into existence? In my high school senior English class, my instructor gave us an interesting assignment to create our own holiday. And being the interculturalist that I am as a new globetrotter at that time, the idea of having a holiday that celebrates the diversity in America and the world appealed to me.

Our teacher gave us complete freedom to be as creative as we wanted to be with this project, which we had to present to the class. It consisted of four parts: a synopsis, colors, physical symbol and legend. I even wrote a poem that expressed the essence of multiculturalism. Here's a brief excerpt of it:

Although we are different, we are one people

Even though your skin is white, and mine is black

We are one people

Just because you live in a better neighborhood than I do

And have wealthy parents

We are one people…

And after we take our last and final breath

To the place of our transcendence,

The only significant thing that would have

Ever mattered was that

We are endlessly one people…

"The Multiculturalism Anthem" is the title of this poem and it exudes the purpose of the holiday in which peace, unity and tolerance are the ruling tenets that can make our planet more inhabitable for all human beings. Now that it is nearly 10 years later since I devised this holiday, my life's work has been devoted thus far to uniting in friendship with people from all over the globe.

I find my deepest contentment in befriending people who are very different from me yet very similar at the same time. Real friendship far exceeds the barriers of color, creed and country. August 1 has been designated as the day for rejoicing in the boundless variety that makes earth such an intriguing place to reside. Won't you celebrate with me?!?!

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Travel is not just what I do but it is who I am. When I first traveled abroad in high school as a foreign exchange student, little did I know that it would serve as the threshold of a lifetime interest in globetrotting. Now nearly 10 years later, I have lived in four countries and plan to do much more traveling in years to come. The world of teaching English has given me incredible opportunity to engage in cultural anthropology and I certainly can't get enough of the language learning process as a polyglot in the making.My personal website is currently under construction but I also maintain a micro-blog on facebook that enables me to share my insights and experiences with my ever-growing following. All in all, I am most proud to be known as a global citizen, a reference I accept with humility and honor. Blogging is rad! Many thanks (muchas gracias, feichang ganxie, grazie un millon, fala menogu) to KFTW for allowing me this platform to connect with the world and vice versa. St. Augustine said it best: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page."

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