For example, the United States and China differ in their social values, political environments, and economic systems, the degree to which they have experienced industrialization, and now participate in the global economy (Chen, 2005). These factors are likely to have implications for Chinese American students’ emerging values, academic performances, and emotional/behavioral development. The beliefs of the Chinese Americans appear to show the influences of both their Chinese heritage and the European American culture in which they reside (Chen, 2005). Immigrating to another country means loosening the emotional attachments to old friends and giving up security of a familiar way of
The adjustment for this alternate environment considerably changed her views on life (Michaelson). The life she lived in China was completely different from the life she began to take on in San Francisco. Although Fae’s family and her had ample opportunities to make a name for themselves in the United States, it was still hard for her to turn her back on her hometown and as well as her other family members. When she moved to the states with her 2 sisters and mother, they were unaware of the extreme culture shock they would face. In addition to the culture shock, they would then face a traumatizing death in the family.
But instead, she mentions, “My culture is Malaysian. I can speak Malay what.” We can see this idea of culture using an example involving Singaporean-Chinese. Racially, they are classified as Chinese. However they certainly differ from the Chinese people in China in terms of their practices and traditions (e.g. practice of ‘yusheng’ that is exclusive to Singaporean-Chinese).
My mother always wanted me to learn about my Asian culture. She wanted me to sign up for Chinese school and learn Chinese. In addition she also wanted me to go to camps where other adopted children went. As well as she also wanted me to celebrate my culture. When Chinese New Year would come up in January my mom
Overall, there are various ways in which Chinese immigrants engage in activities in two different countries. Further, there is a gradual involvement of Chinese immigrants in transnational practices and activities, and this involvement has become the prominent pattern
Woo are to rule and control her little girl 's life, and her Chinese culture’s view tends to make her children become obedient children rather than to let her children follow their own minds. The narrator Jing Mei has a very complex relationship with her mother, and it leads her to create her own identity apart from her mother. Jing Mei believes that she can be successful through her own efforts and determination. When Jing Mei begins to understand the forces of her mother that drive her to belong to Chinese culture, she develops her own identity to be Americanized and personal insight apart from her mother. In the short story “Two Kinds,” Tan describes Mrs. Woo’s and Jing Mei’s thoughts and attitudes which are affected by the different cultures and communities where they were born and live.
But because the way they use their words was so different from the "Chinese version" of the English I have listened to all these years, it took me a longer time to understand what my English teacher says. Think back to those years, I am shocked by my different reaction towards the two situations, I never thought I would ever look at people in a stereotypically way based on their language ability. With realizing it, many of us would think less of non-Chinese speakers, but does that mean I actually learned less from my Chinese teacher? Of course not, in the end I learned the same from both teachers. As a matter of fact, I learned a bit more from my Chinese teacher because she knew the language nuances from being exposed to two different
She has also emphasized to me that her subgroup is different from the larger tribe, and the larger tribe is different from the “umbrella” we place all Native Americans under. I found myself eager to learn and understand parts of her culture and her upbringing, but I was self-aware enough to know I could never truly understand what living in her culture is like. As a social worker, if a client came to me and told me things such as, “I must perform rituals before I step onto my land if a spirit has attached itself to me” or “we spend days celebrating, as a community, each young girl entering puberty” I would have to take into account that these traditions are extremely different that what I expereience, and speak to her in a way
There were so many interesting things I only wish I had the time to read. We talked politics and culture and everything one might question when in China. It was much more enlightening and dark than what I was used to in Wenzhou. This was the real China, beyond the upper class and the stereotypical foreigner status in which all of us teach English. Later that evening, I talked with the mom about Yogis and her desire to spread the practice of yoga throughout China.
I have to admit that I did have some foreshadowing of how my experience may go and predisposed notions how I would be accepted in their cultures, prior to arriving to some foreign countries such as: Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and France. I was pleasantly surprised with my experiences in these cultures and how most of my misconceptions and rumors were dispelled as I explored Cultural Unlearning first