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Melting Pot Was Fine, But Salad Bowl Tastes Better

Back in 1880’s, approximately 25 million Europeans immigrated to the U.S.

Germans, Italians, Jews, Greeks, Hungarians, Russians and other Slavs, the majority of which were younger than 30, boarded up and traveled across the ocean in search for a better life. Their mother Europe was impoverished. While this age has seen the bloody rise of young and optimistic national states, the imperialism that had made Europe what it was was boiling. The First World War would see it shattered to pieces, along with millions of lives. The young people who took the ships a couple of decades earlier wouldn’t witness this. They would survive, even through great economic crises that were to come in the 1930’s.

Even then there were American conservatives, the so-called nativists, who frowned at this flood of immigrants, fearing their lack of adaptability, or even more, their unwillingness to assimilate into whatever they considered to be the one true American framework. The multicultural soup or the melting pot, they claimed, actually turned into a dumping ground. The Immigration Act of 1924 severely limited the number of European and African immigrants, and banned Asian immigrants from entering the U.S. altogether. Asian peoples were therefore proclaimed incompatible. They didn’t pursue happiness in a desirable way, the act seemed to imply. Newcomers even lacked qualifications for breathing American air, it also implied, introducing literacy test for the few ones granted the access to American ground. The act’s purpose was “to preserve the ideal of U.S. homogeneity”.

The American identity has been comprised of so many different cultures that came to seek freedom and conduct their quest for happiness, in their own terms, at times when the rest of the world was quite a disadvantageous place to do so.

This American pot has ever since been a place where all of the cultures melt together. However, it has also aspired to grow into a salad bowl, where the ingredients would never get deprived of their identity, because their respective identities don’t threaten or jeopardize one another. They hoped to become Americans without having to break up with their roots, their past, who they were or what they were trying to become.

Cultural differences shouldn’t make people different, nor should they imply their subservience to one another. “It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.” wrote Thomas Jefferson.

Today of all times no one can say that America is a perfect place to abide, or to migrate to. No one can claim that it succeeded in conquering its own political, racial, cultural and other demons, nor that it is the safest place to live. But we should still be allowed to say that it is a place which aspires and struggles to become safe, liberal, and respectable, just like the people who inhabit it. Having said that, there are certain people or entities that want to bridge the gap by eliminating racial profiling, stereotypes and misconceptions about certain cultures in America. Companies like Beyond Exchange, is a great example (beyondculturalevents.com). Their International Cultural Exchange Program is just what the country needs, even more now, as the oneness that the country boosts about, is diminishing in the land of immigrants. Programs such as the cultural exchange program from Beyond Exchange allow participants from diverse cultural background to represent their unique cultures, and show the Americans who they really are, and bring about more awareness. This way the Americans can have a better understanding of the different cultures, and people can start trusting each other in this country, before making an opinion on false or no knowledge at all.

The pursuit of happiness has always been an unalienable right. Maybe we should finally stop considering our ways of pursuing it better than anyone else’s.

 Jelena Ciric

About myself – Priya G.

I acquired my degree in Hotel Management from Hotel Institute Montreux, Switzerland. During my years in Switzerland, I learned the basic operations of a hotel specifically in the Food and Beverage and Rooms Division departments. I realized then that I had an affinity for the hospitality industry and decided to pursue a career in the industry. I had an opportunity to come to the United States to further my education in Hospitality Management Program. I started my first job as Cultural Exchange Coordinator’s position at Beyond Management Inc. There I achieved hands on management experience which allowed me to further solidify my passion for the Hospitality Industry. Interacting with associates and working with teams on a daily basis taught me a lot about the industry and how the needs of clients can be met. This experience eventually helped me obtain my current position as Hospitality Manager at Beyond Management Inc. Working with this company has helped me attained some great work experience and I have been fortunate to have the guidance of Beyond Management which has provided me with the tools necessary to succeed in achieving my goals. The opportunity to work with Beyond Management Inc. has enables me to discover every day what the industry is really about. In the years I have been working with the company, I have grown with it, enjoyed exiting opportunities and experiences and also discovered a lot about myself. I consider myself very lucky to have had this opportunity and would recommend Beyond Management Inc. to anybody looking to develop their skills and to acquire knowledge from the best.

Hola Atlanta

As most of you should know by now, after hearing from me on some of my frequent calls to you, almost 4 months ago I arrived from south of the border. This country and this city were not unfamiliar to me, since part of my previous job involved constant visits to the country on business trips. I also had the opportunity to do an internship in South Carolina in 2001 and have Mr. Aziz as my Hospitality Manager. 13 years later, we met again for this opportunity that this Company provided me to join the team and be part of Beyond Management.

I am one of the professionals in this team that come from the Hospitality industry. An industry that I have always loved. My background includes Food and Beverage, Front Office, Guest Relations and Rooms Division operations and most recently, 7 years in the Quality Department of an international hotels Company. I always say that I am a “People’s person”, meaning that I enjoy working with people. Part of my role as a Management Consultant in our Organization, is precisely to work closely with each and all of you, to improve the communication within our team and to support you in any need or concern you may have. I am very happy to be able to work with all of you and I would like to wrap-up with some “food for thought”:

The various features and aspects of human life, such as longevity, good health, success, happiness, and so forth, which we consider desirable, are all dependent on kindness and a good heart.” Dalai Lama

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Altering Pathways

To change or alter a pathway may be frightening and overwhelming for many individuals. I knew a woman once who was terrified of change. She had adjusted to the life she lived that consistently remained stable and predictable. The uneasiness that is followed by transitioning into a complete different setting was unbearable for her. Her day regularly consist of attending school for a few hours, then spending the rest of the day at home in a daze wondering what the future may hold. As time progressed, she began to realize that she wanted more from life than the route she was taking. She yearned for a pathway that was filled with adventures, struggles, and opportunities that could only be imagined. It wasn’t until a bright and sunny morning where she woke up and felt a strong desire to change her destiny. She stopped being afraid and left her comfort zone to enter a world that was unpredictable. She entered the corporate industry and in to the world of Beyond Management.

Although it was difficult and consist of different aspects and responsibilities she wasn’t used to, she worked hard to achieve her goals and to create a life that she could be proud of. Ironically, the woman I’m describing is me. I’m proud to say that I am a part of the the Beyond Management team. We’re a big family that consist of strong and intelligent individuals all on the pursuit of success and happiness. I’ve learned an immense amount of information during my time here and have had the honor of meeting the most incredible people I’ve ever come across. Our Beyond Exchange participants consist of individuals that have traveled a long distance to come here and join our lovely team. It takes a lot of strength and courage to endure a transition this severe, which was enlightening and inspiring. In conclusion, many times we may be afraid to change a routine pathway, but the future holds many opportunities that can only be brought upon us if we give it a chance.

Shenel Daeizadeh
Executive Administrative Assistant

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