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Chinatown has a long standing tradition in the Asian American community. They have emerged everywhere. An experience in Chinatown is like no other. As a part of the Asian American community, Chinatown is part of my culture, part of my life, and part of my community. I will never forget my experiences in Chinatown, many of which, anyone outside the Asian American community will never have the pleasure of enjoying. The truth is, I was both fascinated and terrified by the place. Every trip to Chinatown involved a pig’s hollow eyes staring at me, hanging upside down from the nearest restaurant. I stared right back. Around this intense staring contest, sounds of excitement whirled. Shouts of “sau ji, sau ya!” (roasted chicken, roasted duck), mingled with “char siu bau!” (roast pork buns), were everywhere. A mix of strange smells intermingle throughout the city streets. It was a typical Saturday morning in Chinatown. We would walk down the main street, stopping at every market, stop, and stand. The pungent smell of fish, the noisy chatter of shoppers, the sight of panhandlers, every aspect of Chinatown filled my world on Saturday mornings. “Mom, what’s that? Look, Mom! Mom, let’s go over there!”
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENGL 110 taught by Professor Slovak during the Fall '07 term at University of Delaware.

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