A Little "Melting Pot" Of My Own


A Little "Melting Pot" Of My Own
by Nahzi

It has been said that the "Melting Pot" is a metaphor for a heterogeneous society becoming more homogeneous.  Although it is principally used to describe the assimilation of immigrants to the United States but I am using it to describe the little potluck brunch we had at our building today.

I live in a building that has 7 units and although there are only 15 of us but somehow we have managed to have quite a "melting pot".  We have people of different generation, gender, race, sexual preference, religion and not to mention origins and as far as the education is concerned we have a college freshman all the way up to a Harvard graduate physician. 

But If you think the ROOM was colorful, you should have seen the table:  Italian, Persian, Indian, American, Chinese and Greek food had created this colorful, aromatic feast that simply mirrored the diversity of the people in the room.

As J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur put it in his "Letters From An American Farmer":  "What then is the American, this new man?... that the American is one who leaving behind him all his ancient prejudices and manners, receives new ones from the new mode of life he has embraced, the government he obeys, and the new rank he holds.... Here individuals of all nations are melted into a new race of men, whose labors and posterity will one day cause great changes in the world....." (Added note: he/she and men/women)

So today, my neighbors and I unknowingly personified what Crevecoeur wrote over 200 years ago.  We enjoyed this "melting pot" so much that we immediately set the date for our next get together.

You would've loved it; The food, the atmosphere, the subtle sense of camaraderie and THE FREEDOM...


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Thank you Maryam jaan. I

by Nahzi on

Thank you Maryam jaan.

I am glad you enjoyed reading it.

I just posted another one.

Well wishes, Nahzi

Maryam Hojjat


by Maryam Hojjat on

very good article.  I am glad you wrote it & reminded us to be a loving human being and love and respect others with their differences.


Next blog....

by Nahzi on

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I hope you find something else to enjoy.


Doostaan be jaaye maa!

by Monda on

I'm a huge fan of melting pots in any context. Then the unpredictability of consequent fusions... I'll look for your next blog.


Was I able to....

by Nahzi on

I wish we could have all LIVED the way we had brunch today.

Was I able to convey that message in my writing?

bajenaghe naghi

Nahzi Jan

by bajenaghe naghi on

Very nice story. I enjoyed reading it very much. Thank you.


Melting Pot

by Nahzi on

You are welcome AND thank YOU.

I am new at this and comments and feedbacks are welcomed and encouraging.



by yolanda on

Thank you for the interesting anecdote! Cultural diversity is great! It is fascinating to know other cultures and people from different cultures!  Your article reminds me of the International Student Faire when I was in college...we tasted food from different countries, it was fun!