Q: My professor says Orange County isn’t very diverse. Why?
A: Willful ignorance? This misconception is common among non-locals. I was at an event in L.A., and a woman told me Orange County “wasn’t very diverse.” I said we come from, or descend from, every corner of the globe. More than a third of residents are Latino with roots all over Latin America. Almost 20 percent of O.C. is Asian, including large Chinese and Korean communities and the largest Vietnamese population outside Vietnam. We have sizable Middle Eastern and Pacific Islander populations, as well as more than 50,000 African-Americans and 18,000 Native Americans. We have areas founded by Germans, Japanese, Englishmen, Spaniards… Here, the woman interrupted me. “I guess it’s just that your diversity isn’t interesting enough,” she huffed. Maybe we could all wear costumes and sing “It’s a Small World.” Sadly, my lederhosen are at the dry cleaners.