Talking Cultural Diversity

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The SCOTUS Ruling– From Within the Asian Community

By Adrian Chan - 06.26.2015

Asian response to today’s historic SCOTUS LGBT decision follows the metaphor of Onion (older, traditional, stable, layered generation) & Ocean (younger, dynamic, change/advocacy-oriented, tech-oriented generation) whether born in one’s native country (like China) or born in the USA (like American Born Chinese).

The more Ocean-oriented gens tend to be receptive to LGBT lifestyles and welcome the equal rights & equal dignity values, while the more Onion-oriented gens tend to more opposed.

China’s long history shows receptivity & tolerance to LGBT values as far back as the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE), but this has changed during modern times.

The KMA website Resources section lists (among other valuable items) the film, The Wedding Banquet (1993) as a modern day example of the younger gen’s receptiveness to LGBT.


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