Why would any foreigner want to settle in Tennessee? They have few Catholics there even, not to mention Eastern Christians. They will all be swallowed up by the culture there.
Better to settle in New Jersey where their is a long standing diversity of ethnic groups and the people will not assimilated so quickly.
I think Gabriel answered your frankly ignorant and prejudiced question. There's already an established diaspora of Copts in TN.
I don't think that there was anything ignorant or prejudiced about my comments. The south is a very homogenius society and does not have a history of sustaining diverse and ethnic cultures as do other regions of the USA. Almost every group that has migrated to the south have been swallowed up and absorbed by their society.
I also have a right to express pride and devotion to my home state just as southerners frequently do for theirs. NJ is a unique place and I am proud to come from there.
Huh, I'm from Florida (the part that is in the South) and 50% of the people I know are of ethnicities other than "southern." And if you go where my family is from in West Virginia (again, the part that is in the South) you can find communities of Antiochians and others that have been there for over a century. The idea that the South is homogenous isn't just dead, it was never completely true.
For one thing, look at the Cajuns.
There is a difference, however, in that most of us Yankees came off some boat after the War Between the States. Up until recently, such was not the rule in the South. Hence, the history of that war was family history for most, whereas in the North that was just the personal history of the established families. There are exceptions: the oldest Greek Orthodox Church is in New Orleans, founded during the war by members (Greek, Slavic, Arab) who had been there for at least a generation before. But there is a difference of the dominant culture in North and South to their common history as one country.