Silicon Valley is among the most culturally diverse area in the US with no single race or ethnic group making up more than a third of the population. Even as this trend towards diversity intensifies, there is a decline in social integration. The melting pot model, which worked for first wave of European immigrants fleeing persecution in search of freedom relied on subjugating and modifying one’s ethnic identity to immerse oneself in the culture of the adopted homeland. Recent waves of Silicon Valley immigrants however, came for the economic opportunity, and continue to maintain strong ties with their homeland. Buoyed by numbers, they are able to live in cultural silos. The community now consists of adjacent immiscible enclaves that intermingle tolerantly as necessary. The downsides of this sort of existence are a tendency to prioritize hyphenated identities above a national identity, and to forge expedient alliances. Recent events have led to increased anxiety in the community, and the rise of intolerance- blatant and subversive- has manifested itself in ugliness, adding a sense of urgency to the need to create a harmonious, vibrant, uniquely American multicultural society through cultural cohesion. Mosaic Silicon Valley is a grassroots movement that hopes to address this need.
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