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Spectrum - January 27, 2012

On Deadline: Can Ping-Pong help bridge neighborhood cultural diversity?

by Jay Thorwaldson

Palo Alto's new mayor, Yiaway Yeh, is enthusiastically planning ways to bridge the cultural-diversity gap in Palo Alto neighborhoods, including sponsoring quarterly "athletic competitions" between neighborhood groups.

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Former Weekly Editor Jay Thorwaldson can be emailed at jthorwaldson@paweekly.com with a cc: to jaythor@well.com.


Posted by Craig Laughton, a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 20, 2012 at 5:58 pm

I used to be OK at the ping pong game. I am old now, and probably much reduced in ability, but I am willing to take anyone on...as long as it is as it was desinged: Sandpaper paddles, only (rubber paddles are for sissies)! Any takers? Give me a few games to remember, then I will look you off and have you diving in the wrong direction!

Mornings only, please...that is when I still have my energy! Also, the match judge provides the sandpaper paddles. No excuses!

Good idea by Yiaway!

Posted by Resident, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Feb 21, 2012 at 8:48 am

I disagree with Mayor Yeh that there is a cultural gap. The neighborhood I live in is a diverse community of Asian Americans; those of both Indian and Pakistan heritage and also residence from the Philippines. There are more of these diverse Asian cultures than those of European ancestry.

We get together very regularly and have block parties for the many children in our neighborhood, everyone is invited via the neighborhood e-mail tree, nobody is excluded or left out and we interact regularly.

We are a neighborhood of probably more retirees than most and we meet and greet each other regularly regardless of heritage. I am concerned that Mayor Yeh is creating divisiveness where non exists at least in my neighborhood.

Posted by diversity, a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Feb 21, 2012 at 10:25 am

I don't know about "cultural diversity", but I think it is great to encourage athletic activities that a wide variety of ages can participate in. And ping pong tables need much less space than baseball fields or basketball courts. I hope that these community ping pong tables can be open to the public year round.

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