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