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May 16, 2005



Very articulate.
In my JET interview they asked me what it means to be "Taiwanese American." I honestly didn't how to respond to that question so I just told them Taiwanese American is just a politically correct term used to describes a person who is American with a Taiwanese descent. I told them that the best way to understand what Taiwanese American means, as opposed to "White American," is to interact with me. My interviewers asked me the same question twice. I answered both questions consistantly.

Come talk to me if you want to know who I am. I can tell you that I'm not, will never be 100% Taiwanese. I don't expect myself to be. But I will never forget/give up my heritage.

madame butterfly

for a long time, i've always desired for my soul to resonte with a title, a description, something, and sometimes, someone..that thing that fits just right..where my hips and sometimes bald, or short hair identities can resonate..*s* i feel being in born and defining myself as an african has enabled me to spring into embracing other - isms..

reading this entry, i wish i was in africa, living near my mothers' kitchen to invite you for a cup of chai. to engage in conversation & to welcome you back home, as a cousin, a sister & friend who has travelled for long..welcoming you back home..


Your experiences resonate with me. I can't begin to tell you how many times my students are often confused about their ethnicity, nationalism, hyphenated identity, and so forth. One girl said that here in the States, she is Mexican, but in Mexico - they say that she is American, NOT Mexican. This brings into question all kinds of ideas about what it means to be a "hyphenated-American." What does it mean to be African-American, Mexican-American, and any of the other combinations? What about notions of authenticity? The politics of identity? The fluidity of identity? Or what about the fact that the "African-Americans" here in the States have a unique historical experience that differentiates them from other immigrant African populations? Fascinating stuff - deserving an analysis that I can't commit to right now, but would love to hear more of your take on the subject.


Miami Diva

Yep, sometimes the journey is more important. Had the same experience when I went to China. realized I am different and AMERICAN! But does not mean that I deny my Asian roots. Be proud and learn about your origins. You go girl!


you ain't tell them the story of the kitten in the oven...


i agree. have you thought about or tried to do genealogical research? and also genetics--i recently learned about the genographic project. if you've got a $100 bucks lying around, you could find some things out :) Plus, it's not one of those for-profit places (which decided they weren't inteterested in my skills :) )



THis is very interesting.

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