I was born right here in New York City, and yet, I speak the language fluently, and even read and write a little Chinese. I also keep some Chinese customs.Naturally, I speak English fluently, and read and write extremely well. I am independent and out-spoken, like many other Americans. According to my parents and some of my Chinese friends, I act more American than Chinese.To some of my Hispanic friends, however, I'm a "chink," and to my some of my Chinese friends, I'm an "ABC" (American Born Chinese). To some of my Caucasian fiends, I'm just Asian.I am not embarrassed about my nationality. Truthfully, I am kind of proud of my "exotic" looks. I like my midnight black hair (with natural red highlights in the summer) and my dark brown eyes. I do not want to bleach or dye my hair or put on colored contacts. I don't think it's my looks that make a difference, but my attitude. My attitude, I think, is a mix of cultures because I have the best of both cultures! With the best of these two cultures, I have my own special culture. This is what makes me uniquely me!Yet, people still put me in different categories, and some of these categories even oppose each other! Sometimes I feel like a half-breed. I'm not really a part of the Chinese group because I am too independent and out-spoken. I am not part of the American group either because I know Chinese and I keep Chinese customs. It is not that I'm being closed out of either group, it is just that I don't feel like I totally belong. Sometimes, I do not feel like I totally belong with my "ABC" friends either because we all are at different levels of Americanization. All this goes right back to identity and wanting to belong. I am not going to be a hypocrite and say that I want to be different from everyone else and not
Fifth cities in this world. If people ask me about two most amazing cities during all cities I have been. My answer is one is the biggest city in east side of earth, Shanghai, another one is the biggest city in west side of earth, New York City. Obviously, two cities have some similarities, such both cities are the big size with a large population; however, two cities are different from one another in weather, food and culture.
One of the most obvious differences between Shanghai and New York City…
From Coast to Coast: A comparison of immigration patterns
between San Francisco, New York, and Jacksonville
Zizhao S Wang
Research Question: What are some similarities and differences between the immigration
patterns of Chinese Americans in San Francisco, New York City, and Jacksonville?
For this essay, I conducted my research mainly through books and interviews. Originally,
I was planning on using mainly census information, but after…
• Chinese workers helped to build the
• Immigrants worked in textile and steel mills in the
Northeast, the clothing industry in New York City,
and Slavs, Italians, and Poles worked in the coal
mines of the East.
• They often worked for very low wages and in
dangerous working conditions to help build the
nation’s industrial strength.
Coming to America
• During this period,
immigrants from Europe
entered America through
Ellis Island in New York
Ha Jin – The Bridegroom
Described as utopian in nature, the Chinese culture is often in pursuit for the perfect individual, a harmonious and structured society where the citizens as a whole create the ideal culture. In a collection of short stories entitled The Bridegroom, author Ha Jin documents this aspect of reality in homeland China. Primarily for the purposes of instruction and satirical verse, Ha Jin, shows how people are trying to find themselves in a society that focuses on the ‘whole’…
recorded in the census of 1860 was 31,500,000; fifteen percent of that population was foreign.2 Migrators came from all over the world, but the three main factions were the Germans, Chinese and Irish. These three diversely contrasting groups all faced extreme diversity to allow them into the United States. The Germans’, Chinese, and Irish immigrated to America for all different reasons, they all faced similar challenges, but all had the same goals, freedom, and success.
The first cluster of immigrants…
During the late 19th century, there was an influx of immigration in America due to the desire for religious freedom and poor economic conditions. These immigrants, coming from Europe and China, settled in industrial states such as New York and Chicago for the job opportunities on railroads and in factories. Because the rise of immigration in industrial states, there was a great requisite for housing. In response, tenements gained popularity, but while they helped to solve housing issues, they often…
I disagree with the statement that compared to other immigrant groups, Chinese immigrants found the legal and social conditions of the late nineteenth century in the United States favorable to their success. However, the economic conditions of the late nineteenth century in the United States were highly favorable to their success. Chinese peasants left their villages to become laborers in the American West. The first wave of Chinese migrants was skilled workers…
Communication between Cultures
Mrs. M 8am-9:15am MW
China has about five thousand years history which is an extremely long period of time. The Chinese civilization was growing with these periods of time and it will continues greater than ever. Many wars and unhappiness’s were happening during this period. Although, the time has passed, the histories and the civilizations have not passed. These family virtues, serious, working attitudes, sense of justice…
represents 25.8% of New York County (approximate population of 419,549). However, the statistic subdivided as follows in Sunset Park neighborhood (Community Health Profile 1).
Percent Foreign Born
Percent of Adults not Graduating High School
Percent In Poverty
The sunset Park has the highest population of Hispanic and Asian (mostly Chinese) residents than New York and Brooklyn…
job opportunities, homes, and freedom. Immigrants faced various challenges trying to assimilate a new way of life. One of these challenges was discrimination. Some Americans opposed immigration, as they thought it contributed to social problems.
Ellis Island, located in New York Harbor, was the gateway to America for millions of immigrants, between 1892 and 1954. When a ship arrived in New York City, it would usually dock at a pier along the Hudson River or East River. Immigrants were ferried directly…