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Cho, Kathleen Hyea Ryung 22716923 April 14, 2009 Life Reflection Paper Korean-Americans have a unique experience living here in the United States. Some might say that Korean-Americans live with the culture they bring from their homeland. Others might say that Korean-Americans live with the culture they uptake from the United States. Whatever culture Korean-Americans decide to take on, it all comes down to how Korean-Americans can live best while living in a foreign country where the language and customs are not of their homeland. Taking on the decision of moving somewhere far from home and starting a new life in a foreign country, in this case the United States, I have been through the struggles of identity crisis, and fitting in within my own race. But I have also been rewarded with the opportunity of education. Reflecting back to when I was younger, I can honestly say that being a Korean- American was not something that I was proud, which caused me to go through an identity crisis. Growing up in a family where my parents did not know much English, I felt the need to help my parents. I never had a problem translating English to Korean for them because I just thought it as the right thing to do. But once I got older, I started to take on a lot of the American culture and analyzing them. I started making “white” friends and learned of their lifestyle and their customs. All of a sudden, I was split between dealing with my 1 st generation Korean-American parents, and “white” people who have been living in America for centuries. It was so weird and surprising how my “white” friends never had to translate anything to their parents, nor did they ever have do take part of their parents’ “duties”. Once I was exposed to this kind of custom, I started to blame my
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parents and questioned myself, “What if I was not Korean?” Then I started to wish that I wasn’t a Korean American and was ashamed of who I was. I wondered what it would be
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This note was uploaded on 11/17/2009 for the course ASIAN AMER 21300 taught by Professor Huh,c during the Spring '09 term at UC Irvine.

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