In 1990, there were reportedly more than one million multiracial people in the United States. However, the U.S. Census did not recognize people that belonged to more than one race until 2000. Throughout history, multiracial people have been discriminated against and have struggled to find their identity. Today, multiracial people are more easily accepted. Still, it is a hard journey for multiracial children to discover what it means to have a multiracial identity.
The ability to speak a foreign language at an early age is a custom that most Asian families choose to follow. This skill is exceptionally beneficial in expanding the opportunities that a child will have in the future, aiding them in global, personal, and social affairs. But there’s a lot more to it than just that.
As a child, I was scared of teenagers, not that I ever had much interaction with them. There were a few at church, a couple in the locker rooms at the pool. But mainly, what I knew about teenagers came from comments made by my parents.
As a second generation Asian American from a family of refugees, I think it’s important to document my parents’ oral history. When I asked my dad what his experiences were like in fleeing his homeland, Vietnam, he readily opened up.
I remember when we first announced that we were emigrating to the United States. Everyone was congratulating us, and we were considered the lucky ones. They told us that we’ll soon be able to live in a country with high living standards and many new opportunities waiting to be explored. But in reality, are we really lucky?
Is there a difference between a refugee and an immigrant? Yes, there is a difference. Many don’t know or understand the difference between a refugee and an immigrant.
With the economy as it is today, everyone is clinging to their job as if it were their lifeline — and in some cases, it is. However, when my dad lost his job at the start of this month, his siblings applauded. “Now you can focus more time on your son,” they said.
There are two very popular Chinese sayings: “The great virtue of a woman is to have no talent” and “It is more beneficial to raise geese than daughters.” These expose the low regard of Chinese women in traditional Chinese society
What is the meaning of success? That is a hard question to answer because everybody has a different definition. Other people think my father is successful because he is a great cardiac surgeon and has saved many lives. Other people think my grandfather is successful because he has a great and loyal son. Other people think my little cousin is successful because she has the best grades in her class.
Whether you realize it or not, we all have the dream to pursue a career in something that we love. Some may love art, while others love music. However, many obstacles are placed along the path to achieving your dream.