At an event today in China, Vice President Joe Biden encouraged youth to challenge authority. The event took place at the U.S. consulate.
Via the pool report:
VP Biden dropped in at the US Embassy's busy consular section to promote
the embassy's efforts to streamline visa application procedures.
The non-immigrant visa section is housed in a bright, three-story space,
filled with a winding line of mostly young people clutching visa applications. A 15-year-old girl said she was part of a group headed to
Boston on a study tour.
A television screen overhead shows images of Jackie Robinson and other sports heroes.
The VP was accompanied by the outgoing US ambassador, Gary Locke, who has made reducing visa waiting times one of the goals of his tenure.
Ambassador Locke showed the VP a chart showing declining visa wait times.
"I'm the Vice President of the United States," he said. "Thank you for
wanting to come to the United States."
"Every country has something unique about it. One of the things you'll
find in America is that we're all immigrants in my country."
He quotes Lee Kwan Yu of Singapore, who he said told him "everyone is in America looking for your black box"
"What in Lord's name is the black box?" Biden asked.
Lee said it was like the box in a plane that tells you what happened after
"We're trying to find out what allows America to remake itself every other
generation," he said. "Not good or bad, just remake itself"
"I can tell you what's in the black box," Biden said.
"From the beginning of our history, it's a constant stream of new
immigrants, new cultures, new religions...reviving the spirit of America.
Not in small numbers, millions upon millions. That's how we grow."
"The second thing that's in that black box: even though some countries'
education systems are better, particularly at the elementary school level,
there's one thing that's stamped in the DNA of every American citizen:
It's an inherent rejection of orthodoxy."
"Children in America are rewarded not punished for challenging the status
"The only way you make something totally new is to break the mold of what
was old," he said.
"We're constantly looking for bright intelligent innovative young people
to come to American and stay in America."
"You'll find us the least xenophobic country in the world."
"I hope you learn that innovation can only occur where you can breathe
free, challenge the government, challenge religious leaders."
To make space for the VP's visit, the embassy closed four of its 14