Saturday, April 24, 2010

What role has racial diversity had in shaping the Florida experience?

It is not easy to stereotype Florida in terms of race. The city of Miami is one of the most racially diverse cities in Florida. One is able to focus on the Cuban population that Stofik talks about having flooded in especially in the 1950s. From there, one can see that Argentinians and Puerto Ricans and other hispanics are also highly prevalent in the city. Going down from calle ocho to South Beach, one discovers a huge Jewish population. Stofik talks about the Jews who came to Miami in the early 1900s, but today, their children and grandchildren are walking around South Beach on the Sabbath Day, in their modest dress holding the hands of their children.
Orlando also has a huge international population, enhanced by the Disney International Program and International College Program. People from all over the world can come work at Disney. Brazilians, Indians, Peruvians, and Moroccans fill the outlet malls buying gifts to take back home.
Tourists may not at first realize the vast racial diversity of Florida if they stay in the tourist areas, but one living in Florida quickly comes to notice the Latino, Middle Eastern, and Indian shops grouped together in shopping centers throughout Florida. It is also common that one will become close friends with an international, and thus that person shapes Florida's stereotype.

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