Quote by Nelson Demille
I wasn't sure about that, but one never knows. Sometimes a neighborhood, like a culture or civilization, is strong enough to absorb and acculturate any number of newcomers. But I don't know if that's true around here any longer. The outward forms and appearances look the same - [...]- but the substance has been altered.
The quote suggests a hesitation and uncertainty regarding the ability of a neighborhood or community to maintain its resilience in the face of significant change. It highlights the notion that, at times, communities can successfully embrace and integrate newcomers, much like cultures or civilizations can. However, the speaker expresses doubt about whether this still holds true in their particular environment. The appearance might remain familiar, but the speaker perceives a fundamental shift or alteration in the essence or substance of the community, perhaps suggesting a possible loss of its original character or identity.
When I grew up, in Taiwan, the Korean War was seen as a good war, where America protected Asia. It was sort of an extension of World War II. And it was, of course, the peak of the Cold War. People in Taiwan were generally proAmerican. The Korean War made Japan. And then the Vietnam War made Taiwan. There is some truth to that.