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“Many people said negative things towards me. They called me bad names, and even ask me to stop speaking Chinese, just because I had left China.”
San Diego, CA
I consider myself to be quite lucky after I immigrated to the U.S. For some Chinese people, however, it is also what makes me different. The social environment for females in China is rather hostile compared to the U.S. Even though I do not longer live in China, I still care about the country I grew up. China is still a developing country, and its has many flaws. When I was a Chinese citizen, I often complained about the negative aspects that surrounded me, and nobody batted an eye. But somehow, just because I am no longer a Chinese citizen, I have to praise the greatness of China, or if not, I’d be attacked. I posted the reason I immigrated in a thread on Zhihu, (a Chinese question-and-answer website with around 69 million users), and many people said negative things towards me. They called me bad names, and even ask me to stop speaking Chinese, just because I had left China. But I’m a proud Chinese and I always will be. The best thing my culture has given me is myself. I’m pretty happy about my life. If I was offered a chance to go back in time and fix anything, I wouldn’t. I have made mistakes, but those mistakes made me who I am today, just as growing up in China gave me the characteristics I have.
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