A Very Diverse July 4th

A Very Diverse July 4th

On Tuesday , the USA celebrated Independence Day, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Lost between the department store and auto specific sales commercials is the true meaning of “Why America is Great”. Quietly, my family and I celebrated the fourth at our apartment in Midtown Manhattan. At about 6 PM, before the roar of the Macy’s firework display, my wife prepared a simple cookout in a common area of our building. At the table next to us was a Chinese family of ten, including four generations, two of which were born in China. At another table, there was a three generation South-Asian family. We were just a two generation family. My son’s 4 great grandparents were all born in Italy, but at the age of 23, he still refers to himself as Italian-American. As the sun disappeared and darkness overcame the canyons of buildings, fireworks exploded in the New York City skyline. We were all on the roof. A Middle-Eastern resident, whom I have never met, handed me a “whiskey” to celebrate. Different beverages, the aroma of barbeque food from multiple countries and a symphony of languages all living, celebrating and thankful for our wonderful divine country. This is “Why America is...
Weird, Profound, Patriotic

Weird, Profound, Patriotic

During the July 4th weekend, I witnessed something weird, profound and simultaneously Very patriotic. As a weekend warrior, a group of about 20 of us occupy 5 tennis courts every Saturday morning at our local club. Within earshot of our tennis games, there was a children’s swim meet about to begin. In the distance and with us half listening, we could hear the public address announcer welcoming the swimmers and their guests and communicating the start time of each of the swim heats. Then, suddenly, things changed on the tennis courts. The players on the competitive court next to me immediately stopped playing. On another court, I saw two players remove their caps and one by one, all the tennis players stopped playing. Some stood in silence. Others had their hand on their heart. Others, like me, finally realized what was happening and got it! I started singing. The swim meet was about to begin and the national anthem was playing. After about 3 minutes, we all went back to our tennis battle. For me, a bit humbled, a bit surprised and very proud to be an...
A Very Diverse July 4th

A Very Diverse July 4th

On Tuesday , the USA celebrated Independence Day, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Lost between the department store and auto specific sales commercials is the true meaning of “Why America is Great”. Quietly, my family and I celebrated the fourth at our apartment in Midtown Manhattan. At about 6 PM, before the roar of the Macy’s firework display, my wife prepared a simple cookout in a common area of our building. At the table next to us was a Chinese family of ten, including four generations, two of which were born in China. At another table, there was a three generation South-Asian family. We were just a two generation family. My son’s 4 great grandparents were all born in Italy, but at the age of 23, he still refers to himself as Italian-American. As the sun disappeared and darkness overcame the canyonsof buildings, fireworks exploded in the New York City skyline. We were all on the roof.  A Middle-Eastern resident, whom I have never met, handed me a “whiskey” to celebrate. Different beverages, the aroma of barbeque food from multiple countries and a symphony of languages all living, celebrating and thankful for our wonderful divine country.  This is “Why America is...
This is amazing- 52% Asian!

This is amazing- 52% Asian!

You must read this… New York City has 8 high level, very sought after high schools. Each year, thousands of high school juniors test and apply for these schools. Of the 5103 accepted students, 52% were Asians! Amazingly Asians only represent 9% of the total New York Student body! Conversely only 7% of Hispanics and 5% of African Americans (26% and17% respectively as a percentage of the total student population) were accepted by these top schools, Demographics of NYC Demographics of NYC Public School Students Students accepted by 8 Specialty Schools 42% White…………………………………………………….28% White 26% Hispanic…………………………………………………7% Hispanic 17% African American…………………………………….5% African American 9% Asians……………………………………………………52% Asian Two take aways. While a very small percentage of the total population, Asians continue to excel. Second, the lack of Hispanic and African American students theses specialty schools accept continue to point to the diversity challenges both academia and businesses continue to...
Surprised to be not surprised

Surprised to be not surprised

Big surprise!!! This weekend was fun. My family went to Carolines on Broadway, a comedy club in NYC, famous as the venue that started the career of famous comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen, Billy Crystal, Rosie O’Donnell and Jay Leno. We entered the club a bit early and had a quick cocktail at the bar. My wife commented about the huge South Asian crowd gathered for the show. Actually, of the 500 or so attendees, we seemed to be the only Caucasians. Aah. The comedian was Vir Das, the most famous Indian Bollywood comedian. The moral of the story. 500 South Asian customers felt special and felt connected. Dare I say that most would not have attended without that special...