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Photo: Chien Tan reunion in Flushing, New York, September 2001.

Bon Journal

The importance of being earnestly Chinese

Until I saw the movie "The Joy Luck Club" based on Amy Tan's popular novel, I had considered myself a foreigner in America. I still am a foreigner, but at least, I recognise what makes me feel foreign.

There are such things as American Chinese, Singaporean Chinese, Malaysian Chinese, etc.under the big umbrella of "Overseas Chinese". But is there a commonality among all the different kinds of overseas Chinese people?

When people ask me where I'm from, I prefer to reply "I'm Chinese" rather than state the places where I have lived. It's a powerful statement that encompasses the culture, values, and history of being Chinese.

Today is Chinese New Year of the Sheep. And once again I am far away from my family. But I dedicate my latest Le Bon Journal to this topic.

Le Bon Journal, Volume 2, Issue 2: The Importance of Being Earnestly Chinese

3 February 2003 Monday

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Anne Ku
writes about her travels, conversations, thoughts, events, music, and anything else that is interesting enough to fill a web page.