The United States is blessed with astonishing cultural diversity. Our nation's people speak some 430 languages, each with its own traditions, celebrations, and cultural contributions. We have, in effect, the delightful opportunity to travel the world -- while actually staying close to home. We can attend a Navaho festival, stroll though a Japanese garden, or see an African dance troupe, all without flying across any oceans. We can even, from our own living rooms, enjoy an incredible array of books, movies, series, and websites that celebrate our nation's diverse cultures. It's fun, affordable, and a great way to get to know our many remarkable neighbors.
Appreciating our neighbors is also a great way to build community, be good neighbors, and draw closer as an American family. The social and political differences that have driven us apart in recent years can fade a bit when we get to know and respect one another better. Whether you travel or stay home, this website can help you to build a more caring American community, one festival, smile or insight at a time. You may also find ways to support local traditional communities, many of which are struggling economically. Finally, you can reduce your carbon footprint (and save time and money) by traveling, if at all, closer to home.
Schools, colleges, youth groups and civic groups can use this site as a starting point for fun and friendly cultural exploration. Linked websites, books and movies, plus great ideas for field trips and group-to-group connection, can be an exciting bridge to the rich cultural diversity of our nation. For teachers and youth leaders, lesson plan ideas can be found HERE.
You can also connect and make a difference through one of the many nonprofit organizations which work to build bridges, to welcome newcomers, and to support and assist communities in need. The organizations below welcome your support and involvement, in person or from home, and are a great place to start.
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