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Sooner than expected, the place became populated with variation of races - natives and whites.

The place, now called as the New Brooklyn has the following characteristics (Hampson, 2003 pp 14):

Big area which can accommodate more or less 100,000 residents

The population is fast growing, with a 110% growth rate

The populace are racially and ethnically diverse

These characteristics of the area provided positive and negative impact to the people living in it. First, the hugeness of the face offers more housing and business spaces for the people. This would of course ensure that every family will have a place to own. In the same manner, this will also ensure that a number of employment opportunities will be opened to the public. However the hugeness of the place could also mean that there are more issues that people could fight about. The populace can fight about land ownership. Unhealthy competition within the business and for the employment opportunities can also take place.

The fast growing population has also its ups and down. With a large population, it would mean great number of human resources. However, large population can also consume all the resources in the area - financial, food, and other resources - which can also mean that poverty will soon to come.

Having diverse racial and ethnical populace can either be good and/or bad. It is good because the community or the area will have a rich culture. The populace can share their beliefs, traditions and philosophies to the other members of the community who is from a different decent. But chaos and unorganized population can also sprout because of this racial and ethnical diversity. Other race will think they are superior to the other. Some may fear of their safety. Some will not be comfortable talking to somebody who do not have the same skin color or do not speak the same language.

When Disneyland was established near the new city, the worst things really happened. The once seemingly quiet, peaceful and harmonious populace became chaotic and was fighting for the opportunities that come their way. This just show that until today, even if the people are saying that they changed and that the racial and ethnical wars and conflicts have gone a natural death, it is not actually happening. There is still an existing problem regarding the variation in race and ethnicity.

Article 5

It's Blarney Meets Chutzpah over Red Wine and Green Beer"

It's more than just the drinking of beer and wine" (Medina 2003, pp 17). This is what this article is all about. It highlights two natives, the Mordecai and Haman. These two came from different places but they show strange similarities. These two natives have similar traditions and beliefs. These two may have been competing at some activities, but they will be doing it in a positive fashion.

This article implies that having two different nativity in one place is not impossible at all, specially if such nativity are sharing the same beliefs, traditions and likes.

Article 6

At 40-year Bronx Beach Party, Who Needs Sand?"

What is happening is the younger group is trying to overtake the older group" (Gonzales, 2004 pp 19)

The above statement is quoted from Gonzales' article entitled "At 40-year Bronx Beach Party, Who Needs Sand?." This article talks about several old Puerto Ricans who were trying to have fun. They were doing what they have been used to doing, having beach party with them singing and playing their guitars.

But while they were doing this, they can't help but notice is the facts that those who are enjoying are the people who are with the same age as them. No children or youngster were joining them. This is the time that it dawned on them that the new generation kids already have different likes and habits. They also realized that despite their seemingly traditional way of having fun, they are indeed having fun. They are still enjoying the music even if it old. They are still enjoying their guitars even if it does not look like the guitars that most teenagers now have.

But time flies and the old country and people goes with it. A drastic change eats the whole place. Many are still remembering how fun it was before. Many are still thinking how good the music was for their ears. Some misses the ways they used to have such long parties with them dancing and singing all night long. Indeed, the memories of such traditional ways of having fun are still embedded in the memories of those who have enjoyed it. These, according to this very few who can remember, are the memories that will remain in their minds and the memories that will pass along to their kids. They will liven up such fun through their vivid memories.

Article 7

In New York, Gospel resounds in African Tongue"

This article has shown the very positive side of the church. It tells about one church in New York City where some of the Africans were motivated to attend the mass. When they heard of the gospel of the bible, they were so encouraged and enlightened in way that they repeatedly attended the mass (Wakin, 2004 pp 20). This came even up to the point that these Africans enjoined other Africans and are heard of sharing the gospel even if their outside the church.

The pastors are very happy with what happened. They continued to welcome the Africans in the seemingly white-owned church. The other church goers did the same without being conscious of the difference in skin color. Because of this, the pastors are now expecting that more and more Africans will love hearing the Gospel of the Lord and that there will be an increasing number of Africans who will share the word of the lord to the people.

Generalization

The articles portray unresolved dilemmas related to American pluralism. Communities formed and then destructed due to unequal economic growth and the uncertainty of groups relations-- their choices, opportunities and challenges portrayed.

Works Cited

Dakst, D. "New Americans Fresh off the Presses," the NY Times Washington Street Journal, Pp 3-11, Spring 2003.

Gonzales, D. "At 40-year Bronx Beach Party, Who Needs Sand?" NY Times, pp 17-19

Hampson, R. "New Brooklyn's Replace White Suburbs," USA Today, pp 14-16, 19 May 2003.

Kinzie S. "Conflicting Images of Amish Life," the Washington Post, pp 9-10, 28 July 2004.

Medina J. "It's Blarney Meets Chutzpah over Red Wine and Green Beer," NY Times, pp 17, 17 March 2003…[continue]

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