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Chinese adults don't usually change when they go to America

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Chinese adults don't usually change when they go to America

Postby Winston » Sat Jul 05, 2008 2:30 am

I don't understand all this talk about people changing into stuck up bitches when they come to the US. Most Chinese people I know that came to the US as adults are virtually unchanged, including my parents. My mom never became truly Americanized even though she came to the US in 1976.

Only the Chinese Americans who grew up in the US are Americanized, it seems. The ones that came as adults don't seem to change.

Maybe, like my spiritual guru Wayne Dyer says, "Circumstances don't make a man, they reveal him" so that means that those who change when they come to America were already that way and just waiting to come out at the right opportunity?
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Postby wraith » Thu Oct 09, 2008 5:12 am

That's often true in many immigrant cultures in the Americas.

I could go on and on, but in the late 19th century, people from traditionally impoverished regions in Southern and Eastern Europe didn't assimilate in American society pretty much the same reasons as Chinese immigrants today.

Only generations later, you'd see the gradual assimilation of their descendants into American culture.

For example, my mother speaks very little conversational english. On the other hand, my father has some proficiency in the English language, but not at the level of a near-native speaker.
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