Friday, August 15, 2008

Advance of the Amber Americans

The idea that America, as we know it today, would turn into the land of the yellows, the browns and the blacks in a short span of 34 years may be disconcerting to many conservative Americans. Caucasians have long dominated the population in terms of numbers, and the world at large has long gotten used to the country's predominantly white citizens as the traditional face of the American race. The minority status of Caucasian Americans is perhaps nature's way of reversing fortunes, and the acceptance or rejection of this evolution by the present generation will determine the smooth transition, or rough sailing, of this event.

The native Americans never quite reached that point of being dominant as they were decimated beyond ever becoming a majority in the nation's demographics. Prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus, they were all over the land. But they were unable to deter the illegal immigrants from pouring in great numbers time and again, violating their borders, slaughtering their livestock, destroying the environment, and destabilizing the ecological balance. They were unprepared for the massive influx of undocumented illegals whose weaponry were far superior to their arrows and spears. They were driven to wastelands after being reduced to less than a fraction of their number, where their way of life and beliefs would be eroded by psychological and cultural damage, to just wither and fade.

The US Census Bureau estimates that by 2042, or 8 years earlier than expected, Hispanics, Asians, and all other races combined will become the majority. No mention was made of Middle Eastern nationalities, but it will be a population that's different in age, race and ethnicity. However, the Caucasians will still be the major population group, accounting for 46 to 48%. The Census Bureau qualified its projections by stating that the numbers are subject to big revisions depending on immigration policies, and natural and/or man made disasters. This does not mean that government and industry would all be headed by non-Caucasians at the time, as many of these Amber Americans would probably still be children and infants.

But there would be changes in the landscape. We would see more tea houses than Starbucks; a lot of Dimsum, Sushi bars and Taco outlets, and a lot less of McDonalds; and plenty of steamed buns, spring rolls and Tamales outnumbering the hot dog stands 3 to 1. Kentucky Fried Chicken may probably be outsold by Yan's Peking Duck or Nguyen's Pho Bo, or even Pacita's Halo-Halo. There will also be changes in daily wear as traditional clothing of the more conservative members from various ethnic groups would dot the urban and suburban areas. Or, the American flag could be seen printed on a turban wrapped around the heads of many Asian men. The American accent may also undergo changes and its distinctions may be blurred (as in the Boston, New York, or Mid-West accent), and new words would enrich the American vocabulary - although these may not be immediately understood by all. Religion may be predominantly Catholic, or Buddhist, or Hindu.

Hollywood will produce movies in various languages, all with English sub-titles; and televison talk show hosts will have new faces. The Late Show with Dan Wong and Tonight Show with Juan Lanuza will top bill the airwaves. Country music and all other genre will sound funny compared to what it sounds today. Newspapers and publications will also have very different formats and concepts. US Ambassadors may be ethnically from the countries they are assigned to, and this could foster better understanding and world peace.

However, the reverse is also true. The ethnicity may engender divisions and bitter conflict among the competing races that may result in ethnic re-grouping; where the different states are dominated by a particular ethnic group. The unfortunate effect would be the break-up of the states into independent countries; and worse, warring among themselves.

There are many possibilities, some positve, some negative. How this is handled and managed by the country's leaders up to that point will establish how truly noble America is, and how much this rich aggrupation of culture and divergence could be harnessed and molded to make it the greatest country on earth. Or, the paranoia of many members of its current dominant population could impede this development, and it would lose the source of its wealth and power - as well as the intangible values that would make it the citadel of justice and equality. That is the saddest development of all.



Kim said...

well I just typed out a long response to your excellent post Durano...and lost it when I clicked publish..
so here is a repeat in point form..
I'm all for
1. better nutrition..
2. any religion would have to be better than the mormans
3. hollywood needs waking up culturally..
4. the next President could be a native American...
enjoy your weekend ;)

Jena Isle said...

Hello Durano,

I marvel at your writing skills, being able to post on a regular basis with very well written posts....while I sweat and grill my mind of new ideas and words to write a new post. really... you're a writer in the real sense of the word.

I won't be commenting on the post itself as I'm not good in worldly events. Suffice to say that I still believe America could remain the great nation that it is, if they try hard enough.

Happy blogging

Layne | Reward Rebel said...

The scenarios you envisage in America’s near future are also applicable to the UK.

I watched a programme on TV last night about the British National Party, and I hope and pray that the growing discord about immigration, which is fermenting in some communities here, doesn’t produce a knee-jerk reaction that propels this raggedy-arsed band of ignorant, uninformed malcontents into power.

The BoBo said...

Well..whether it was your intention or not - your example with the native American Indians presented a great case against illegal immigration and the need for more stringent laws!

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hello Kim,

That happens to me too, especially where I am at present. There was a chance this weekend for me to make comments and responses in real time since the current was stable, but it just wouldn't happen. Published posts disappear in cyberspace. So I've gone back to CD and let the secretary do the encoding.

Too bad the comments had to be enumerated in point form. You were probably as frustrated as i was.:-)

The next President, you mean after Barack Obama, an American Indian would be President? That would be a happy event worth seeing.

I agree with your other points, especially about Hollywood. As for Religion, let me add this: as long as it doesn't practice polgamy.

Hope you had a nice weekend. :-) --Durano, done!

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hi Jenaisle,

America would need a lot of "trying hard enough" to be the great nation its own citizens believe it should be.

As I mentioned in the post, it depends a great deal on how they handle this demographic development.

I am nonetheless hopeful that it would pull itself together and reach the heights of its potential to become the greatest nation on earth. I really hope this happens. :-) -- Durano, done!

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hi Layne,

There will always be segments of society who would want to preserve their own "ethnicity" and its dominant position since this will benefit their personal interests.
As long as they don't do anything criminally liable like mass poisoning, ethnic cleansing, or any of that sort of action, they can express their opinions and attempt to convince a majority of their arguments.

The best they can do is to propagate their own race to as many as possible and as fast as possible; or whatever their endurance and stamina can sustain, to outnumber the rest of the population. It would only be very costly raising their kids and they should have the resources to do this; unless they want to live and eat like most of those foreigners do, to make ends meet.

It's always a numbers game and those who are threatened by it have to learn to assimilate and to understand other cultures. We`are one planet, a`very small one in a huge universe.It's funny we can't learn to understand and assist and co-exist with others just because of the small difference. We have a lot more in common with any human being on earth than there are differences. Why others choose to magnify the difference and be threatened by it is simply beyond me. Intolerance of any kind will ruin peace in this world.Respect for others' beliefs and practices and way of life is what will enrich it. Stay positive. :-) --Durano, done!

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hi Bobo,

The comment you wrote opened a smile on my face. It's a very witty response to that part of the post.:-)

I suppose it cuts both ways. You're right, it is a great argument for immigration controls, especially those coming in with weapons of mas destruction.:-) --Durano, done!

SheR. said...

Once again, we Asians will run the world! Hoorah! :P

Actually, I'm an advocate of mixed race. Hey, the dominant genes win in the making of a mixed baby. So it's part of natural selection! I like it! ;)

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hi Sher,

You're absolutely right. Mixed races, especially those with European or Northern American blood combined with Asians or Africans have very strong genes.

You're child may be one of those who would rule the world! I'll cheer to that too, that Asians and even middle Eastern peoples with mixed blood will, in a couple of decades, rule the world. Hooooooraaaay! :-) --Durano, done!

ZenDenizen said...

I agree with Jena.

However, I think Country Music did, does and always will sound funny regardless of what else is going on ;)

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hi Zen,

Not all country music sound funny. A majority maybe, but not all of them. :-)

Can you imagine country music with Chinese, Indian, Arabic, or Southeast Asian influence? That sounds really funny. :-)

However, future generations may be able to live with it - perhaps even enjoy it. :-) -- Durano, done!

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