Chinese Culture And Hyper Sensitivity For Chinese American After 1960s

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The outstanding achievement of Chinese American contributed by both cultural and structural factors that Chinese immigrants encounter before and after the immigration to America. This essay will first examine importance of the interaction of Chinese culture and hyper-selectivity in constructing a new identity for Chinese American after 1960s. Second, argued that why Chinese American being the “model minority” is a myth. And lastly, discuss the intention behind the model minority myth and the negative effects of “over achieving” for Chinese Americans. First of all, cultural factors included the pre-existed Keju system in the Ming dynasty, the college entrance examinations, and after school tutoring that can be found in Chinese ethnoburb…show more content…
According to Professor Zhou, there are many after-school tutoring institution in China. Since the college entrance examination was such an importance test for students and their family, many parents would pay for the tutoring centers in hope for a better grade in order for their kids to go to better college, or any college for that matter. These practices was implanted deep to the norms and values of Chinese and it is clear to see why the Chinese American are able to be extraordinary in education after taking structural factors into account. The structural factors included the immigrant selectivity and blocked mobility in the second generation. First of all, the early immigration of Chinese consisted with the “coolie” patterns, or the Huagong pattern, according to Zhou and Benton in Intra Asian Chinese Migration. (Benton, p. 5) And according to “The Chinese Diaspora” by Chan, the coolie pattern was the most common pattern of the four different patterns. The characteristic of this pattern was that they were uneducated male peasants as colonized labor in the host country. (Chan, p.9) This early selectivity by the host country, America, led to hyper-selectivity of immigrants after the immigration act of 1965, the Hart-Celler Act that abolished the immigration quota system with the goal of reuniting the families in U.S. According to Zhou and Lee in “Hyper-selectivity and the

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