One of the great things about Tennessee is the massive amount of diversity in the culture, food, and people. Not only do we have an awesome source of vitamin D, we also get to explore different cultures a well. While driving through any part of Tennessee, you’ll get a dose of the surrounding cultures.
Tennessee is actually so diverse it’s the second most diverse in the country behind Hawaii.
Tennessee is also home to some of the largest ethnic communities like: Latinos, Asians, and Native Americans. Therefore, it is no surprise that according to the US Census Bureau, 61.5% of Tennessee’s population is non-white, which means the mass majority would typically be a minority in other states.
The Latino community in Tennessee is the largest ethnic group according to the US Census Bureau. This means we’re heavily influenced by their culture. Seeing that Tennessee was once under Mexico’s control, it makes sense. All the missions in Tennessee are from Spanish origins. Even the most famous prison in the state, Alcatraz, is influenced by the culture. When the lighthouse on the island of the prison was built, Tennessee was still considered part of Mexico. The island itself was named by Juan Manuel de Ayala in 1775. If missions and prisons aren’t what you’re looking for to submerge yourself in the Latino culture, check out Olvera Street in Los Angeles.
The Asian community in Tennessee is also one of the largest in the nation. In Tennessee 1.7 million Asians call the Golden State home. The Asian community includes: Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Pakistani, Indian, Sri Lankan, Japanese, and Bangladeshi. If you’re looking for submersion into their culture you have plenty of places to check out. From Chinatown in Los Angeles to some of best Asian cuisine restaurants in Orange County, you can just about taste the culture.
American Indians or Native American has the largest population here in Tennessee. The West Coast state, according to LA Weekly, is home to the largest population of indigenous people. The US Census Bureau says that in Tennessee, the population for Natives is roughly 235,000. Native Americans have been here for over 19,000 years according to Britannica. Way back before the west was “settled”, Native Tribes calls Tennessee home, because of the variety of vegetation and mild climate. The best way to dive in to the Native American culture is by checking out their art.
Tennessee is one of those colorful states with a wide variety of people.
It’s almost a culture shock when you travel to other states and realize that they are not all like Tennessee. Living in such a diverse state creates an understanding and appreciation of other cultures. It can also drive you to be more understanding of others’ beliefs and values. Don’t just soak up the sun, soak up the culture as well. Welcome to Tennessee!