Lee Chew - paper assignment

Lee Chew - paper assignment - Mae Thinn (Christine)...

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AAST201/HIST219M Section: 0201 09/27/2010 First Paper Assignment Lee Chew from the “A Chinese Immigrant Makes His Home in Turn-of-the-Century America” portrayed the fact that the Chinese had a wrong impression of the Americans, that the Americans are not that bad, and even though the Americans are not that bad, they were still unfair to the Chinese people and therefore, the Chinese-American relations did not improve and the prejudices did not waver. The Chinese remains as “strangers” in the Americans’ eyes, and the American remains as “unfair devils” in the Chinese’s. The Chinese people in villages think of Americans as the “devils” 1 because of their lack of morals and respect. Lee Chew gave a very good comparison between the Chinese and American offspring. He explained how he was very meek and how he respected his grandfather, his parents and his brother when he was a boy. The elderly were considered very honorable and well-respected, and the younger Chinese people listen to the wise elders. Lee Chew pointed out that Americans, on the other hand, like to think that they are more intelligent than their ancestors. Morality also seems to be an important thing to the Chinese because Lee Chew stated that the old men of the village viewed the unmarried, living-together American couples as shameless and animal-like. He later explained that if a man spoke to a women in the Chinese viallges, he can be beaten or killed. Lee Chew also noticed that the Americans have a completely different culture from the Chinese. Chinese people from the same village do not intermarry like Americans in the same city 1 Lee Chew, “A Chinese Immigrant Makes His Home in Turn-of-the-Century America”, Independent Magazine . 1903. http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/41/
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