To give an example, I grew up with two of my closest friends having parents from Lebanon and Hong Kong respectively. The parents spoke fair to passable English, were ethically Lebanese and Cantonese, and were committed to living in America. The kids were as American as can be, with Americam mannerisms and lifestyles, and nobody saw them as anything but American. If we were a multiculturalist society, however, we would have been different rather than the same because multiculturalism is all about preserving the differences rather than helping towards common ground. It is very nearly the antithesis of the melting pot, since it is based upon seperate cultural identities rather than shared.