Wd40 wrote: Mi Amigo wrote: sundaymorningstaple wrote:
Now I am beginning to understand why some condos
have been 'colonised' to the point where they are nicknamed 'Little India'. Once of the nice things about the place where we stay is that there is a mixture of people from all over - local Singaporeans, Indians, Aussies, Europeans, Americans, etc. etc.
It's always nice to see the Indian kids playing cricket on the green areas near our condo
, but I was even more pleased the other day when I saw that some Chinese kids had joined in too. I've never understood the desire to live in a monoculture with only 'your own people' - maybe I'm missing some vital piece of information about that way of thinking?
I can assure you Indians dont have the desire to live with "only"
our kind of people. But yes we like to live in a place where our spouse or elderly parents can find friends with whom they can easily get along from day 1.
Kids being kids can easily get along with other races. No problems there. But for adults there can be lots of issues, especially language or culture barriers. I am not saying we dont interact at all with other races. In fact my immediate neighbours are filipinos and taiwanese and we get along very well.
Rev, I'm glad we can agree about kids getting on with each other, regardless of race, background, etc. It's what gives me hope for the future. Perhaps the OP just chose his words inappropriately (unfortunately we seem to have scared him off), but he asked "Are places in and around this school have lots of Indians? The reason is my kids are in secondary school and will need company else they will not like the place." The implication is that he feels they will only feel comfortable if there are lots of other Indian kids around. I would respectfully disagree with that viewpoint. In the various countries we've lived in, I've never gone looking for places to live with "lots of" Brits, Spanish, Europeans, etc. What I've always tried to find is a place that has a good mix of people from all different places and walks of life. And my kids have never had problems making friends wherever we've lived.
You say that "Indians dont have the desire to live with "only" our kind of people," but the fact remains that I've been in condos where there appear to be only
Indians living there (and I've had some strange looks from a couple of people too, as if to say "What are you doing here?"). I think when you have an 'enclave' that is basically a monoculture, you are missing out on so much. I've seen this in the south of Spain over many years - Brits, Dutch, Germans, etc. retire to the Costas and form their own separate communities of... Brits, Dutch, Germans, etc. Some of them never even bother to learn a word of Spanish. What a wasted opportunity! Still, it's their lives and their money I guess. (Actually one of the few good things about the economic crisis there is that these communities are finally starting to open up and interact more).