@selmaxavier...so as not to 'hijack' dave73's thread for unrelated conversation i thought i'd post this message to you (will be so glad when we can pm each other on Ellon).
i appreciate the point you are making but actually, i've only been out of the USA twice and the longer visit was to Guyana where they speak English as they were a British colony at one time. (My first in-laws had a farm there). The other time was just to have dinner in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico with a group of friends when attending a Silva (Meditation) Method convention in Laredo, Tx. Laramie, Wyoming where i lived for 17 years while a small town had some international flavor due to grad students at the University there--i loved that environment, the only thing i ever missed about large cities was the diversity.
What is more i would have to say that i often feel like an alien in my own land because my thought processes, and ways of being with people are atypical of many Americans. The older i get the more grateful i am to my father who opened up my mind and made it possible for me to enjoy all kinds of people. But like you i prefer people who, whatever else defines them--ethnically, religiously etc, are empathetic and tend toward kindness and compassion.