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melting pot

A place where a number of different people and cultures mix in harmony. America has traditionally been known as a great melting pot because of the diverse backgrounds and cultures of its citizens.
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a melting pot

A melting pot is a place or situation where there are many different types of people, cultures or ideas, all existing together. A melting pot of cultures, this region has always been inhabited by different ethnic groups. Barcelona was a melting pot of musical influences.
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There is superficial evidence that the classic melting pot model continues to work.
Yet these national images belie an important demographic reality that calls the old "single melting pot" model into question.
These more diverse metropolitan areas are located in the emerging melting pot regions of the country, which, recent trends suggest, will differ sharply from the mostly white and white/black heartland regions.
The divide between melting pot region and heartland region is occurring largely because immigrant flows--arriving at about one million per year--continue to concentrate in a handful of gateway metropolitan areas and states.
In short, the emergence of melting pot regions as distinct from a broader American heartland is being fueled by continued renewal of new immigrant minorities in traditional gateway metropolitan areas of California, the Southwest, southern Florida, the eastern seaboard, and Chicago.
The aging of these whiter heartland regions will continue to contrast strongly with the younger immigrant presence in the melting pot gateways.