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Converging on the heartland

March 04, 2005

As I sat through the Sam H. Jones Community Awareness Forum, “Arab Americans Contributing to Indiana’s Success,” sponsored by the Central Indiana Community Foundation, I wondered whether recent arrivals from diverse cultures will someday make contributions in America much like the proud legacy of the Jewish people in arts, music, humanities and government. (This was the subject of a column by Rabbis Dennis and Sandy Sasso in the March 1 Star.)

Immigrant Sikhs, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus and others converging in the heartland with their distinct cultures, energy and dreams have many lessons to learn from the Jewish and Christian communities.

While maintaining solidarity within their own cultural struggles, Jews have a record and spirit of daring, creative genius and lasting achievements throughout the passage of our nation’s journey.

Today’s immigrants walk in the footsteps of early pioneers. We salute them and anticipate that they in time will make milestone contributions of their own as Americans.

Posted by Kanwal Prakash "K.P." Singh

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