Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

06 Jul 2001, 8:39 a.m.

The America Club

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2001 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

Curiously enough, the two topics I have to comment on are related. I want to write a bit on the stuff I've learned about the USA by being away from it. Also, I did *not* go to a club last night.

My tutor and I missed each other. So I didn't go to Money Honey. It's a club. And America is a club, too. In a different way, of course. Especially in terms of race -- and I can only talk a wee tiny bit about this here -- the USA is so very different from so many other countries. In the USA, for example, someone's skin color or race is really not a legitimate reason to identify one person as less American than another. But in ethnically homogeneous countries, or at least countries with more of an ethnic fabric -- let's say India -- I could easily imagine a non-ethnically-Indian citizen being called less Indian than, say, me.

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