Under the Same Sky: Diversity in Cupertino


(KTSF by Jo Wan)

The year 2009 was a milestone for Cupertino because a majority of City Council members were Chinese Americans. This result demonstrated how Chinese Americans were becoming more involved in local politics.

The demographic change in Cupertino has occurred little by little and has caused some worry on the part of some local residents. But the Cupertino City Council has made efforts to address the ethnic tension that exist – primarily between the Chinese American and the Caucasian community. Among the steps they have taken to promote diversity includes city wide celebrations such as the Chinese New Year parade, Dawali, Japanese Cherry blossom festival, etc. Steve Andrews is a substitute teacher at elementary school who says “It doesn’t matter if (they’re) white, Asian or Indian.” He’s seen various ethnic groups in the classroom adding “We are bag of M&M, that’s what we look like, that’s what makes this country so great. Cupertino is the only one that celebrates all these festival. I think every city around US and the world should learn from Cupertino about how to enjoy each others culture and live like a family.”


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