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Bridging the Cultural Gap:
The Overseas-Asian Experience
 
  On Learning the Awful Chinese Language in China
The tones are the hardest part of spoken Chinese. Our ears arenít trained to hear tones. We recognize words by the vowel consonant combinations. But Chinese native speakers recognize words by tone. Often my teacher will warn me. "Donít confuse this one with that one." To my ear the two are so far apart I could never confuse them. But to her, they sound nearly identical. By the same token, when I believe I am saying something perfectly, often she doesnít understand me.  

Insights from a Chinese-American: Journey to My Roots in Taipei
Just like many American-born Chinese, I grew up in the United States with little awareness of my cultural roots. Throughout my youth I noticed a common thread that ties Asian-American people together—a bond that is developed through cultural understanding and similar value systems. Through my involvement in extracurricular activities, I saw first-hand the prevalence of racial discrimination, ethnic segregation, and violence due to a lack of cultural understanding. This propelled me on a journey to discover my Taiwanese roots and to learn about other cultures through study-abroad experiences.  

What is "Field Trip" in Chinese?
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
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.
 
Escape from VietNam
Experience hardships faced by VietNamese in their quest for freedom. Journey with one family from VietNam to the United States aboard a cargo ship.
 
The Challenge of Intercultural Parenting
Asian parents typically function on the principles of Teaching, Advising, and Directing. Parents have the "WE" concept. Youth have more concern with the "I" concept. How do we bridge these differences?
 
The Litany of Education
Continually told that education was the key to success by his parents, a Chinese-American young man discovered the meaning of college and he shares his family's educational success stories.
 
The Power of "Turtle Eggs"
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.
 
A Trip Back in Time
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.
 
Hajimemashite, Furiya, Desu
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 have enriched her Japanese American identity.
 
Reaksmey Mom – Profile of a Survivor
Reaksmey Mom helps refugees like herself adjust to life in the United States. Reaksmey Mom is truly a testimonial of "a tireless example of a survivor who continually finds more strength to give to others."
 
Me No Japan
Join another reader in Barcelona as he notices some incorrect perceptions that many people commonly have about Asians.
 
   
 

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