Tuesday 23rd January 2018,


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Washington Post: Chinese American at Home in Two Worlds

posted by Randall

Oakland ChinatownA common theme in the writing from immigrant populations in the United States is the uncomfortableness of trying to navigate two cultures.

But third generation Chinese American Stephen Wong has a different take. In his blog for the Washington Post  he shares that he’s quite comfortable going back and forth between the two worlds, both literally and figuratively.

Writes Wong about his American upbringing and Chinese roots, “I have a foot in each country, and I have a life where being American and being Chinese are no longer exclusive.”

Because his mom and dad moved back and forth between the United States and Hong Kong, Stephen was born in Hong Kong. Yet He spent much of his time in the United States and graduated from UC Berkeley.

When he returned to China after the dot com bust, he found he was no longer accepted as “Chinese” there because he was juk sing, a Chinese person raised in American culture. Yet he also found out that being able to speak both Cantonese and Mandarin well made him kind of a celebrity.

You might say Stephen Wong has found his space and he’s quite at home with it– even though home for him are on two opposite parts of the world. How did he come to terms with it and how does it fit into the experience of perhaps your own or other Asian Americans and immigrant populations?

It’s a fascinating story that you can read in the Washington Post




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