Sample Essay on Asian American Experience

Asian American Experience

In what way China gave a stronger sense of belonging to the second generation of the Chang family and made them view China as their cultural home?

Firstly, China implemented a program that would ensure that all Chinese students in America went for Chinese classes. This was a compulsory class that came before going in for their formal classes in the American institutions. In these classes, the second generation of the Chang family was taught the Chinese language as well as their culture; thus, making them view China as their cultural home. China also provided immense educational and career opportunities for all overseas Chinese. This was because the country of the need of scientists as well as technicians who would participate in the modernization of China (Liu 173). Despite their stay in other countries such as America, the overseas Chinese still had equal career opportunities.

How did America make them feel insecure about their legal residency, citizenship rights, and acceptance of American society? 

Despite having legal residency, the overseas Chinese suffered low esteem due to racism in America. The American institutions which accepted the Chinese children as legal residents and students still denied them the chance to mingle freely with the Americans. Additionally, the Chinese did not benefit from career opportunities in the United States since they were denied the legal right to work without restrictions. The Chinese immigrants suffered ill-treatment during their immigrant interviews. The style of interrogation that was used treated the Chinese family as criminals. As much as they were celebrated on their arrival to China, these immigrants were often dehumanized and treated as potential imposters (Liu 165). America made the America-born Chinese feel rejected in their land. For instance, the Chinese were given a special arrival and departures area where they were not allowed to intermingle with the Americans (Liu 167). Additionally, the Chinese were segregated in the labor market. They were denied the chance to advance in their career and suffered extremely low pay, regardless of their qualifications.

Works Cited

Liu, Haiming. The Transnational History of a Chinese Family: Immigrant Letters, Family Business, and Reverse Migration. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2005.