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Bi-cultural puzzles for overseas-born children     [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2014-8-20 05:29:45 |Display all floors
MiaoY Post time: 2014-7-24 02:26
chinese may surface the surface of western culture, but not deep enough to know the spirit of it . ...

That depends on the length of time they have been there in a foreign country.
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Post time 2014-8-20 11:52:19 |Display all floors
Judy_Zhu Post time: 2014-8-20 05:29
That depends on the length of time they have been there in a foreign country.

some chinese stay in america for 40 years, yet they are still outsiders. the key is not the length of time, but the quality of getting immerged.

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Post time 2014-8-20 16:30:14 |Display all floors
Also there is something to do with his personality.
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Post time 2014-8-20 17:10:58 |Display all floors
This post was edited by sfphoto at 2014-8-20 17:16

To answer your questions:


1. what does bi-lingual ability bring to the children?


Bi-lingual children will be more open-minded compared to local-born children.


2. How do western and Chinese values, culture, education system influence thinking mode?


Western-educated children will be more independent-minded compared to local-educated children.


3. How to balance western and Chinese cultural education?


Chinese emigrants could raise their children in a Chinese cultural environment by settling in "Overseas Chinese" communities in the West. That would be equivalent to Western expatriates raising their children in a Western cultural environment by settling in "Western Expat" communities in China.


Depending on the motives of the Chinese parents for emigrating to the Western country, if their goal is to "Westernize" their children, then they would probably take steps to assimilate to Western society by intermarrying with a Westerner, settling in all-White communities and raising their children entirely in a Western cultural environment.

As China's economy develops, more and more Chinese would find themselves studying, living or working in foreign countries. If they don't have any intention of abandoning China, their time spent temporarily abroad would qualify them as "turtles" if and when they do come back. For overseas-born children, they would qualify as "hua-quiao" or "Overseas Chinese" IF and ONLY IF they decide to come back to China and settle here permanently. The distinction should be clear between a mainland-born Chinese expatriate coming back to China after spending time overseas and a foreign-born Overseas Chinese immigrant settling in China after being raised overseas: the former is a PRC national with foreign education/residency/experience while the latter is a foreign national with Chinese ancestry/ethnicity/national origin. Of course, a Chinese expatriate could decide to abandon China and settle permanently in the West, thereby becoming a Chinese emigrant from China to the West.

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