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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Second Generation Diasporans

I recently returned from a trip to Korea and was struck again by my exemption from Asian social discipline. It's nice that they don't mind our ignorance of their language and social customs. I almost think I could behave boorishly by American standards and get away with it.

I also realized how hard it must be for American children of Asians to visit these countries. They look like natives so are expected to speak and act like them. If their parents haven't made extraordinary efforts to acculturate them in the home country's ways, they are likely to encounter real difficulties when they visit.

posted by Jim Morris @ 1:41 PM 

Blogger Ron said...

Indeed, an acquaintance of mine is US born and totally of our culture but is also a "full blooded" Korean. She doesn't speak Korean or really know much about their culture. Never the less, her company sent her there for a year as their local rep. You have got to question their judgement in thinking that this made sense, but that's not the point.

She came home 6 months into the assignment after a guy in a bar actually punched her because he was insulted that she didn't speak Korean.

And yes, I only know her side of the story.

11:02 AM  

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