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Journal #2: "Poem For My Father," "The Gift," "Breaking Tradition," And The Essay "A Chinaman's Chance" In Literature Across Cultures

  • Submitted by: smallp136
  • on November 8, 2010
  • Category: Miscellaneous
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Being born as an American yet having a Hispanic background has made it easy to relate to Eric Liu’s essay “A Chinaman’s Chance.”   There were times when I too questioned my identity. I questioned my nationality a couple of months ago when I bought a videogame console in which I was allowed to play with people across the United States and speak to them as well. English being what I would consider my first language and Spanish my second, I found it odd and somewhat hurtful that when I would speak on the game; people would automatically call me a Mexican. First of all, I am not Mexican, yet that is what most of the players that play online that are “white” Americans believe or like to generalize.   I was offended to be called anything other than American. I could not tell why my way of speaking was or sounded different to that of an “American.”
Whether it was dumb of me to be affected by people I didn’t even know was not the point, I wanted to know why I was different or how did they know I wasn’t fully American. It didn’t take too long for me to find out that my parents, who are Hispanic, were the ones that influenced my English. Yet when I would go to Ecuador, Ecuadorians would judge me right on the spot and call me American or “gringo.” Even my family living in Ecuador, would tell me that I looked like them physically but I carried the this feeling of America with me in the way I would walk, talk, and dress. If Americans were calling me a Mexican and my family in Ecuador was calling me an American, it made me really question what I was and realize the ignorance of each culture.
There are positives of being bi-cultural, such as being exposed to different beliefs, customs, and foods. Being bi-cultural means that I can get the best of both worlds and choose what customs of each culture I would like to continue to practice. But thinking that it is possible to balance or belong to each culture equally seems too far-fetched for me. It is a typical human mindset that...

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