My parents immigrated to a small town in northern Minnesota when i was only 2 years old. 3 years later we moved to Des Moines, IA. Where i grew up as a child.
As you can see i grew up in American society, therefore it was only natural for me to pick up american values and outlooks, but i also got to see what my parents points of view were. It wasn't until we traveled back to Vietnam last summer where i finally realized how different our cultures were, and how hard it is for other people who are not familiar with outside customs to really understand.
I can go on and on and on, but i'm going to keep this as short as possible. My point is, keep an open mind about everything, something may seem normal where you are, but it may be ridiculous in other areas. When you look at an individual, see culture not color. And no matter how you're raised, try to have somewhat of an understanding of who you are and where you're from. I for one will never forget Vietnam. It is a very beautiful place filled with very passionate people. This is where "living off the smaller things in life" truly has a meaning.