Red Envelope

Relationship: Im/migrant

Whenever I see a red envelope that signifies special occasions in China, I remember my culture back at home. In China, people foster strong social relations with a red envelope depicting favors such as gifts, good time, or communal celebrations. In the States, people rarely show such compassion to immigrants due to cultural differences. I occasionally remember my cohesive family, friends, and community who always made my stay in China enjoyable and memorable. I miss my family and the old days while the life in the United States is not as good as others have expected since I am colored. I have also struggled to assimilate and face discrimination sometimes because I do not speak native English.  

Just like the early immigrants in the 19th and 20th century, the modern Chinese immigrants face similar challenges. At the time of Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, most Chinese immigrants did not assimilate into American culture because of the fierce racism and legal exclusion they faced at the hands of white Americans. Today, I feel marginalized in sports, leisure, or even investment sometimes due to my color and the stereotypes about Chinese. 

Year: 2008

Relationship:  Im/migrant Im/migrant