Why do people leave their home countries? Why would anyone want to leave a place they’re comfortable in and venture out to an unknown territory? For many, the chances and opportunities for greater success are enticing enough to lure them abroad. America has witnessed several waves of immigrants from all over the world, starting with Europe, Asia and Latin America. Immigrants from all over the world come to America in search of the “American Dream” and the chance at success, no matter what your previous standing and current social status is.
Once immigrants move to a foreign country, how do they survive? Cultural and language barriers may prevent them from totally integrating with their host country’s society. Immigrants in the US may have lived in the States for 10 or 20 years, but that does not mean they’ve become a part of American society, either by chance or choice.
Instead of integration, different ethnicities opt to create a diaspora in their new country. In the case of Asian Americans, you see the rise of “Chinatowns”, “Koreatowns”, or “Little Indias” all over America. Like their name, these are simply areas in which many people of Chinese, Korean, or Indian descent congregate and live. They form their own community, separate from American society, that caters to their distinctive cultural characteristics. Hard-to-find food items, clothing styles from abroad, and music from their home country can be found in these Diasporas. Different races essentially create a miniature version of their old homes and cities so that they can create a community among those most similar to them culturally. Famous Asian Americans such as Leehom Wang have also experienced living in diasporas with his family, when his parents first immigrated to the US. There is a logic as to why immigrants always choose to move to larger cities.
These ethnic communities are not simply small towns in a city, but they can also come in other forms as well. Religion and culture play a strong bond in keeping people of the same ethnicity together. Religious places of worship, such as mosques, churches, or temples, bring together a specific group within an ethnic community. In addition, cultural elements bring people together through a shared common interest. These include classes on traditional dance styles or martial arts, artistic expressions such as calligraphy or print blocking, and more.
It is not difficult to find someone who has the same race or ethnicity as you in large cities. As a result, people are able to form communities and bond with others who have shared similar experiences. How do different races survive in different countries? The answer is simple: they find others just like them.