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Bridging the Cultural Gap List Button   What is "Field Trip" in Chinese?   (February 1998)
Relive the struggles of a Chinese mother as she attempts to instill an appreciation of Chinese culture in her two American-born children.
 
    The Cultural Hyphen   (March 1998)
Experience life as an Asian-American teenager as he struggles through a Chinese family reunion and faces preconceptions about Asians in day-to-day life. Viewed by relatives as an American, viewed by Americans as a foreigner, this teenager can only wonder if he will always be separate from the world by a hyphen. (This is part two in a continuing series focusing on the experience of overseas Asians.)
 
    Escape from VietNam   (April 1998)
Experience hardships faced by VietNamese in their quest for freedom. Journey with one family from VietNam to the United States aboard a cargo ship. (This is part three in a continuing series focusing on the experience of overseas Asians.)
 
    The Challenge of Intercultural Parenting   (May 1998)
Asian parents typically function on the principles of Teaching, Advising, and Directing. Face (mien) and family name are paramount. Parents have the "WE" concept. Youth often function on the principles of Independence, Intimacy (more with peers and less with parents), and Identity (who am I?). They have more concern with the "I" concept. How do we bridge these differences?
 
    The Litany of Education   (June 1998)
A Chinese-American young man discovered the meaning of college, along with important words like education and Ph.D. Continually told that education was the key to success by his parents, he shares his family's educational success stories. This is part of our continuing series, Bridging the Cultural Gap:   The Overseas-Asian Experience.
 
    The Power of "Turtle Eggs"   (July 1998)
At some point in most Chinese-American children’s lives, they come to the realization that it is easy not to speak Chinese, less easy not to think and behave like Chinese, but impossible not to look Chinese, or be perceived as foreign. (This is part six in a continuing series focusing on the experience of overseas Asians.)
 
    A Trip Back in Time   (August 1998)
After 10 years in San Diego, Fely Joachim travels to her homeland, the Philippines. She returns from her vacation with insight into her heritage and a greater appreciation for the Philippine culture. (This is part seven in a continuing series focusing on the experience of overseas Asians.)
 
    Hajimemashite, Furiya, Desu   (September 1998)
Linda Furiya struggles to regain her Japanese heritage and learn to speak Japanese at the Soko Gakuen Japanese Language School. She tells how these experiences, combined with her life in San Francisco, have enriched her Japanese American identity.
 
    Reaksmey Mom – Profile of a Survivor   (October 1998)
Reaksmey Mom helps refugees like herself adjust to life in the United States. Mom now works with the Union of Pan Asian Communities (UPAC) as an interpreter for Cambodians and she is also active in the Cambodian Association and provides bereavement support to grieving families. According to her supervisors at UPAC, Reaksmey Mom is truly a testimonial of "a tireless example of a survivor who continually finds more strength to give to others."
 

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