Overseas Chinese and Chinese People

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American-Chinese America is a nation consisting of people from different areas with multiple cultures. As a result, lots of Americans have their ancestors in other countries. Even though they are called “Americans”, they have a special identity, that is, hyphenated Americans actually. Chinese-Americans have been one of the large groups of hyphenated Americans since a long time ago. This passage mainly observes the living conditions of Chinese-Americans in America and tries to analyze how the hyphenation identity impacts their thoughts and life. The first section gives a brief introduction about Chinese-American, including its history and construction. Then the passage unpacks their living conditions, such as careers, consumption and …show more content…

Second, the hyphenated identity makes it difficult for some younger Chinese-Americans to evaluate themselves properly. More and more young people have accepted the modern ideas and concepts in the United States. However, there are also difficulties for them to live in America. First, they are contradiction themselves because they have gained two different ideas. The traditional Chinese opinions may influence them in behavior from time to time. Second, the natives usually regard them with discrimination in every field, although young Chinese-Americans are equipped with western thoughts. The movie Full Moon in New York (Guan, 1990) tells stories of three Chinese women in New York. They pursued inner love but confused by the society, struggling to survive as an American with hyphenated identity.

Third, some Chinese-Americans also gain from the hyphenated identity at work. It is easy to understand that Chinese-Americans are equipped with the particular qualities Chinese people have, such as smart and hardworking. Beneficial to these qualities, Chinese-Americans have achieved their goals and breakthrough in different fields. There are some specific examples. In the science field, there are seven Chinese-Americans having been awarded the Nobel Prize in history, including five prizes in Physics, one in chemistry and one for literature. Yang Zhenning may be the most famous scientist both in China and America. He owes


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