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gman711 Amazingly, while I think you are totally right, I think you are also totally wrong. I agree that we as Asian Americans should be proud of our ethic background and that we should not in any manner feel embarrassed by that fact. But I don't think being proud of our ancestral roots or our ethnicity makes us any less American. The story of America is one of immigrants who left their countries in search of a better life for themselves and their children (e.g. see the Puritans of New England, the Quakers or Pennsylvania, the Irish during the Potato famine, the Asians and Hispanics of today). The Asian-American story is no different. And that single fact makes us as American as anybody else. Our parents like almost every other Americans' parents (or grandparents) were brave enough to come to this country without speaking this language. And being proud of our history doesn't make us any less American than anyone else. Think of all of the Little Italy's, Slavic Villages, Russian Centers and Germantowns around the country. There is no contradiction here.
1 year, 3 months ago on What I See In Jeremy Lin
Great article. Thanks for putting into words what so many of us are feeling. Thanks for giving us a voice.