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Chinese-American Culture In Understanding Bone What culture they had was to be forgotten a difficult and practically impossible feat The Chinese-Americans faced a wall of cultural difference that could only be scaled with the support of their parents and local community The book review of Bone by Nhi Le stated clearly how the first generations struggle to survive and the second generations efforts to thrive made the transition into American culture possible Overcoming barriers such as language education work ethic and sex roles was just a beginning to the problems that all Asian Americans faced The most obvious and one of the most difficult walls to climb was the language First generation immigrants rarely became fluent in English and more often than not learned so little that they were entrapped in a society of working in very menial jobs and job conditions Jobs ranging from sweatshops dirty factories shipyards and railroads are prime examples of the conditions they were forced to live and work in Fae Ng described the difficulty very well by taking a look at her mothers job in the clothing factory and Leons Job on the ships They had very little advancement in the work force because they couldnt communicate well enough that they actually had skills Trials in the work place helped the immigrants impress upon their children the importance of education Education in Asia was and is completely different from western civilization Asian teachers bear all the responsibility without any help from the home Ngs portrayal of Leila as a school teacher and how difficult it was to connect with the Asian childrens parents is a situation relating back to the separation of education and the home in Asia Another difficult barrier in education was the role of the student In Asia the student learns what material is given to them and interaction with the teacher is uncommon The parent teacher student interaction was a brand
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