Posted by Wain (184.108.40.206) on December 04, 2006 at 04:41:35:
In Reply to: Re: SUEY WAI LEUNG - TOISHAN, GUANGDONG posted by M. H. Yee on July 15, 2004 at 17:20:51:
I think that it is important for Chinese-Americans, if given the chance, to take advantage of opportunities to return to their homeland. It is amazing to be in a completely foreign country yet still feel a sense of complete belonging. I felt that I was a part of China and that it was a part of me. And amazingly enough, I think that most people of Chinese descent will feel this way when they visit China, even if for the very first time. I heard stories from people I know, who traveled to China with the intent of only staying for a short time, but ended up staying there for years. In fact, a neighbor of mine visited several years ago, and loved China so much that she decided to relocate there indefinitely. After graduation, I plan to move to China to work and to get to know the place that my ancestors are from even better. My parents always tell me to be proud to be a Chinese, and I feel that as a proud Chinese-American, I will be able to do the most in my home country. I feel that China is a place that welcomes its descendants back. Whereas it is difficult for many European-Americans to feel a bond with their home countries, most Chinese do not have this same problem. China is a home for them and they have no problem returning and feeling just as if they had never left. In my case, I had never been to China before, but I felt as if I had grown up there or had some type of bond with it. Although my visit to China could be seen as a simple vacation, I feel that it is actually the opening of a new door in my life.
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