ENG318 Conversation Spectacular Part#1

My latest batch of brave students share conversations about what's on their mind these days. 
In this session, Hwang Sohee and Choi Dongyun discuss cultural identity - Who is Korean?  Who is American?  What does it mean to be....?


How do Asian Americans see themselves compared with the larger population? It depends on who you ask. On average, half of Asian Americans say they are very different from the typical American, and more than 60% of Vietnamese Americans and Korean Americans say they feel this way. Still, a majority say being an Asian American doesn’t make a difference when it comes to some of the milestones in getting ahead, such as getting into college or getting a job or promotion. More Asian Americans say they are satisfied with their lives than the general public.

Why IS That???? 

 as i mention that, my counsin who is born in America but thinks that she is Korean. 
and she only hang out with Korean Girl or people from Asia country. 
maybe this is the reason why they can get into the society. ( have no chance to share the common on Amerian. ) 

Anyways we also talked about melthing pot and salad bowl. there are difference between them for sume. melthing pot is that people who is minority that has different culture should be assimilating on the majority ( WASP -white anglo sason protestant ) . maybe that is why second generation like Korean American dont want to think they are American. 

so instead of  melthing pot, we have to use the term of salad bowl. 
 In the salad bowl model, various American cultures are juxtaposed — like salad ingredients — but do not merge into a single homogeneous culture. Each culture keeps its own distinct qualities. (wiki) 

so that everybody(majority and minority) cooperate together and keep their identity ! 


Discussion Questions: my questions.

Who is American?
  • What is Ethnic-Americans 's first language? 
  • What stereotype people have to them? 
  • When you see minority in USA, do you think they can not speak English?
  • what way can Korean-American have American nationality as an American?
  •  If you are first generation in America and your children are hasitating about their idendity(am i korean? American?) then what would you say as a parents?
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