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What is Chinese, what is White, and what does it matter?
I am American and have both had and have seen Chinese guests in America, and have found them to always be very polite and considerate.|
I can see that many visitors from China feel very self-conscious and nervous in such an environment that is so new and different for them. But Americans are generally very friendly and casual.
I am white, and I grew up with very close family friends who were Chinese. The father in the Chinese family was just like a close, caring uncle to me. His teachings and influence made me the person I am, today--a much better and stronger person than if I had not had such an influence.
I have so very many thoughts about what makes a Chinese person Chinese. One reason was mentioned by another person, earlier: it was the isolation from the outside world; than, in the 19th century, the Chinese were exposed to the worse of Europe, colonizing China and exploiting the people and their resources, causing a feeling of inferiority.
Now, Chinese are asking what they are. That is actually rather illogical. I could ask, "What makes a white person white?" How can I possibly answer that other than that white people have white skin?
With my upbringing and my deep influence from a Chinese family and from other Chinese people in my life, I feel more Chinese than white man of European descent!
I am white, but I am not British, Irish, French, etc., nor do I identify with them at all. But I guess I must be that nebulous race, "Caucasian," although I have never been there. Is it a "there?"
On the same hand, how can a Chinese person be less Chinese if they were born in Spain an raised in Nigeria and speaks Italian? To any white, black, or green person, a Chinese person is a Chinese person, and he or she should be judged only by their deeds, not by race or color.
And, as an American, I have been exposed to many cultures and have adopted many of the good aspects of them. Besides English, I speak fluent Spanish and Cantonese. I love Brazilian music and foods from many countries.
I have traveled all over the world, avoiding the tourist traps and getting to know the "real" people.
I love the western half of American and hate the eastern half, because the western half is much less populated, much more beautiful, and is more natural. I love the beautiful wilderness. But, I define myself, personally--not as much an American as I do a citizen of the world.
The world has grown very small, and we can become friends and understand one another in deeper, more personal ways. And we can learn not only tolerance, but to really enjoy our differences and our similarities.
I live in Washington state, and we have a Chinese governor who has served two four year terms in office. Yes, a person who is Chinese was voted into a state's highest polticial office! He is Chinese, and I am white, but we are also Americans who have more in common. He and I were raised in a traditional Chinese manner, hahaha!!!
To some people in China, he is considered non-Chinese and a traitor to his race, which is the exact same kind of immoral, racist thinking that characterizes the old Ku Klux Klan! That kind of thinking is so terrible and completely backwards!
The best, in this modern world, is to be caring human beings. Modern science constantly points out that race is more of a myth than a reality. A person with a dark skin has merely adapted for survival in one kind of climate; whereas, the other has adapted to survive in another kind of climate. We all bleed the same color.
All people have developed language to communicate with those around them. I have communicated with African, South American, and Tokelau tribesmen with just gestures, yet we found a friendly bond.
It is sad that people don't look within themselves to see where their fears and insecurities really come from--then, people might eventually know what it is to be really civilized, rather than merely boring and stuffy.