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A New World Not So Far Away There are a lot of differences between the American and Chinese culture and values Aspects such as philosophy family values time management individuality and religion are just some modern examples of the many differences between these two major industrial countries However one does not have to come from China to experience just how different and influential these cultures are Throughout most of my childhood I have been predominantly exposed to nothing but the Chinese culture When my parents first immigrated to the United States from Canton China they rented a small apartment located right in the heart of Chinatown Chinatown was my home the place where I met all my friends and the place where Id thought Id never leave I spoke only Cantonese both to my friends and to my parents I was pretty much secluded from the outside world because I never left Chinatown for I felt this was my home However my parents felt differently They wanted me to adapt the American culture By being more Americanized they felt that life would be better and that my sister and I would be more accepted For that reason my family and I made the big move to the Sunset District ten years ago A big move my parents hoped would be a quick assimilation into the mainstream the American culture- an assimilation that would ultimately change my values and my perceptions of my cultural background When I moved from Chinatown to the Sunset District I was completely amazed at how different it was compared to Chinatown There was considerably less traffic and noise on the streets than in Chinatown I remember I would have to push my
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