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Growing up in America was pretty hard especially if youre from a different cultural background Everyday I go to school with kids who spoke English and went home to a Chinese family where I spoke some Chinese Ive always questioned my identity What defined me as Chinese What defined me as American At home I spoke some Chinese to my parents and ate many different kinds of Chinese food but I didnt think that was a problem nor did it made me different Yet if you asked me about history the only history known to me was American history Did it matter that I spoke Chinese and didnt know much about my Chinese background or history Apparently to me it did matter I suddenly had an overwhelming urge to explore my roots After hours on the internet I learned and discovered a lot about my cultural background and history Every year we celebrated Christmas as well as Chinese New Year We kept our Eastern traditions and adopted the Western traditions I had friends from different ethnic background we shared similar like and dislikes We love to wear trendy clothes and listen to Hip-Hop but hate Rap music I loved them for who they are what their interest are what their passion are and not by the color of their skin Through good and bad times they were always there when I needed them or vice versa Thus we cannot help thinking about our identities each person needs to recognize his or her identity This way we can share and broaden our culture with other people Whether we are Chinese Japanese Black or White everyone is simliar and unique in their own special ways We should be proud of who we are and learn to love and accept each other for who they are I am American-born Chinese These two sides make me Without either one I am not complete I am different and
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