Gap between Americans andChinese ImmigrantsKaren Suen
Some differences between Americaand China1) Transportation- In America, almost every family has atleast a car; while the publictransportations, such as bus and metroare less popular.- In China, only middle or upper classmay have car; public conveyances aremore common.
2) Education system- In America, the education systemis consider as free, selfdeterminative, and unique forindividuals.-In China, the school time is longerand there are more rules. Also, thecurriculum has lots of differencescompare to America’s.
3) Culture (Tradition/ habit)- America is a melting pot, which thereare different cultures combined. Eachculture has its own value and tradition.- In China, there are only a smallamount of foreigners. The traditionalconcept is deep affected Chinese value.
4) Food- In America, there are many races andpeople came from different countries.Therefore, the choices of food are diverse.Also, fast food is more popular.- In China, Chinese food is the mostpopular, most people like eating rice.Noodles are common too.
InterviewI interviewed 2 Chinese immigrants; one hascame to America for 8 years and the other onehas came for 2 years.1) Through the years of your coming toAmerica, what is the largest challenge that youface?- Language
2) Do you consider as an American?- Yes, I think I am now used to theenvironment, people and I have the abilityto speak in English fluently.- No, I am born in China and I am aChinese. Also, I still speak Chinesemost of the time. I eat Chinese food, andcontinuing to buy clothes from China.
Article1) Wang also rakes issue with the "racial-hostilities" approach -- which reads Chineseimmigrants primarily as trapped victims of racialhostilities -- because it is unable to make senseof Chinese migration patterns, the irregularattitudes of New York Chinese toward laborunions and militancy, and the always-shiftingparameters of group allegiances within theborders of Chinatown.
2) The Chinese immigrants migration historyand acculturation experience need to beappreciated within his or her culturalframework. Challenges facing the treatmentof the Chinese immigrant include thelanguage barrier, shortage of bilingual staffand the associated difficulties ininterpretation.
Follow-uphttp://www.cultural-china.com/http://www.chinaculture.org/Chinese Americans and Their Immigrant Parents:Conflict, Identity, and Values
Questions1) What first come to your mind when you thinkof Chinese immigrants?2) Do you think there are differences betweenAmericans and Chinese immigrants?3) In your opinion, what can new Chineseimmigrants do in order to get used to theenvironment?
References• "Schwartz, P. Y., Psychosocial Considerations inWorking with the ChineseImmigrant." International Migration Review 37.4(2003): 1332. Global Issues In Context. Web. 8May 2013.• Ho, Andrew An. "Surviving the City: The ChineseImmigrant Experience in New York City, 1890-1970. (Book Reviews)."International MigrationReview 36.3 (2002): 948. Global Issues In Context.Web. 8 May 2013.