Column: Exposure to other cultures opens new opportunities

As a social scientist, I have been trained to find a rationale for each phenomenon I encounter. I try to explain why things happen the way they do. As I am not a philosopher, I do not try to justify why things happen.

I have lived in the United States for almost 50 years. Over this time, several phenomena have caught my attention and have challenged me to find an explanation for their occurrence.

The first has occurred over the past several years. Many of the finalists in the national spelling bee over the past several years have been of South Asian Indian decent. In this year’s competition, four of the finalists as well as the two co-champions were of South Asian Indian descent.

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