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Homogeneity
Posted 4/28/15 , edited 4/28/15
Homogeneity, or shorthand homogeny, is the state of sameness.

Countries like the US are seen as mixed and "anti-homogenous", but we're 85th (!) in diversity level, number #1 being Papa New Guinea (who knew....).

The least diverse country is North Korea, with 0.002000 diversity level....followed by South Korea (<3) with a 0.004000 diversity level.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_ranked_by_ethnic_and_cultural_diversity_level

But while it's easy to talk about countries being homogenized, because you'd expect that, it's less easy to talk about culture. Why? Because it's harder to understand. Culture is wound so deep into you, you don't even realize it anymore. By that, I mean the culture you were raised with. It's in there. Look deeper.

There's not anything necessarily wrong with homogeneity, but it's against the human "spirit" I guess you can say (I've taken too much metaphysics ). It's going against our world spirit to grow, and it separates us. It's not feasible for us to be totally united as one huge similar race because that's not going to happen, but there's some pitfalls to it too. Like racism, and lack of acceptance. But, even so, that's not guaranteed in a homogenous area.

Why am I bringing this up? I don't know. I've never lived anywhere even close to homogenized, so I've always found the idea kind of interested from a weird level.




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Posted 4/28/15 , edited 4/28/15
Derp, Japan is way down there.
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East Asia's definitely majority homogenous. They've apparently gotten less xenophobic over the years but still have instances where they show contempt for westerners, especially blacks. Yet Asia glorifies a lot of western things; western beauty standards, fashion, etc. and yes, us westerners still eat anime and manga up. I know I do.
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Posted 4/28/15
I enjoy diversity.

I am white. I am actually from an entirely Polish family, and was born in Poland but raised in the U.S. since I was 2yo.

Funny enough, I get along the best with non-white people. I tend to find that when I interact with white people, especially Polish people for some reason, a certain level of competitive tension arises, even if I try to be humble. It's kind of stressful. There is none of that with people who I can blatantly identify as a different race though. I have 3 best friends, a black guy, a puerto-rican guy, and a white guy. And only the white guy constantly tries to one-up me with everything.

Now I don't know if this really is a thing common among white people, or if it's just because we are both the same identifiable ethnicity. Does anyone of a different ethnicity frequently experience this with other people of the same ethnicity?
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Posted 4/28/15
+1 for Mr. Smith

idc but think you all look great



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I live in a fairly homogeneous place, as far as the rest of my country is concerned, and my interactions with people of other ethnicities are awkward because I expect them to expect me to be more interested in them, as I assume other people have been. As I am not actually more interested in them, I speak to them normally, but I'm constantly asking myself if I'm accidentally coming across as ruder than other people who might have treated them differently.

I think this sort of thing is probably unique to more homogeneous environments, and that is really the only reason I support diversity, rather than being indifferent to it.
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xxJing wrote:

I enjoy diversity.

I am white. I am actually from an entirely Polish family, and was born in Poland but raised in the U.S. since I was 2yo.

Funny enough, I get along the best with non-white people. I tend to find that when I interact with white people, especially Polish people for some reason, a certain level of competitive tension arises, even if I try to be humble. It's kind of stressful. There is none of that with people who I can blatantly identify as a different race though. I have 3 best friends, a black guy, a puerto-rican guy, and a white guy. And only the white guy constantly tries to one-up me with everything.

Now I don't know if this really is a thing common among white people, or if it's just because we are both the same identifiable ethnicity. Does anyone of a different ethnicity frequently experience this with other people of the same ethnicity?


Where I came from it was Japanese competing with the Chinese and all the Asians competed with the Koreans. Then you'd get pretty much everyone else being racist and then suddenly we were all best friends.
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Posted 4/28/15

xxJing wrote:

I enjoy diversity.

I am white. I am actually from an entirely Polish family, and was born in Poland but raised in the U.S. since I was 2yo.

Funny enough, I get along the best with non-white people. I tend to find that when I interact with white people, especially Polish people for some reason, a certain level of competitive tension arises, even if I try to be humble. It's kind of stressful. There is none of that with people who I can blatantly identify as a different race though. I have 3 best friends, a black guy, a puerto-rican guy, and a white guy. And only the white guy constantly tries to one-up me with everything.

Now I don't know if this really is a thing common among white people, or if it's just because we are both the same identifiable ethnicity. Does anyone of a different ethnicity frequently experience this with other people of the same ethnicity?


Mexicans are very competitive as well. We are always competing to see who the biggest truck and the most jewelry.
Posted 4/28/15
have lived in both places, and honestly i prefer to live in homogenous place.

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I've had the good fortune of growing up in a very homogeneous part of Houston, Texas. Growing up there were almost all neighbors being mostly the same race/middle class/etc. , but more importantly, we had a common view of what the community/neighborhood should look like.

What I mean by this is that there were always holiday parties that were put together by the neighborhood in order to bring neighbors together that resembled what used to be the normal thing in American communities. Examples include free roaming kids during Halloween, Christmas parties by the giant lit up snowman(it was three cut aluminum pipes and square for a top hat as big as a three-story house) that some engineering guy made in his back yard, fourth of July bike rides down to the pool for goldfish catching, and fireworks by the bayou.

The idea of being a good neighbor is something that I'd heard but, I thought it was just the natural thing, but sadly I was mistaken after seeing what many cities are like today in the US. Tell me, did anyone else have experiences like I did? I'd like to hear that this is still a thing out there where you all are living and if you still think that this type homogeneity in communities should be revitalized.
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Welcome to NYC. It doesn't get more heterogeneous than that.
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All I know about homogeneity is that in relationships, you are more like to fall for someone who is exactly like you... even in looks. Which is kind of creepy when you look at some couples.

But I live in a very diverse city; and now in college it's even more diverse for me. I grew up in different, and I like it.
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Posted 4/29/15 , edited 4/29/15
I like variety

I live in a fairly diverse area of the UK and I think its a better place for it, I get to meet people from all over the world. Culture isn't something static its constantly changing a diverse city has a culture all of its own that is different from places around it. For example, In my home city you talk to strangers on public transport if the are sitting near you, its just something expected of you and everyone does it, the same activity got me some "Oh god its a crazy person" looks when I tried it in London .
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Homogeneity is bad in general imo. If you look at it like a gene pool; a lack of variation means evolution functions less effectively if at all. Nothing really moves forward!

That said one of the things weighing on my mind lately is media homogeneity. I feel like there's a severe lack of prominent Asian celebrities (or most any other race for that matter) in the U.S., one of the effects is that some of my friends who grew up here aspire to be white. It's a little mind boggling because I'm not sure how that work. For one friend in particular she's taken it to such extremes she's essentially using it as an excuse for her anorexia. It bums me out cause she will never reach the perfection she strives for and it might kill her in the process.
Posted 4/29/15 , edited 4/29/15
I think Asia is the only continent with real homogeneity.

In America (the continent, not just USA) there are a lot of whites, blacks, mixed people everywhere. We can't say that all white looking people are only from one place and all black people from another, we are mixed...like it or not. As for me, my family has everything. My Dad is white, my mom is Hispanic and one brother is married to a Korean girl, my little brother's girlfriend is black and my sister is married to a Russian guy.


MoxiRoxi wrote:

All I know about homogeneity is that in relationships, you are more like to fall for someone who is exactly like you... even in looks. Which is kind of creepy when you look at some couples.


I've been looking in the wrong places then I always fall for those completely opposite of myself, looks and personality.
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