Reflection On Self Awareness

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Reflection on Personal Cultural Self-Awareness
When I was younger, I didn’t quite understand the differences between the Native Taiwanese and Mainlander in Taiwan, where Mainlander referred to Chinese migrants during or after the period of the surrender of Imperial Japan, and World War II. It wasn’t until much later that I understood why Taiwanese divided among themselves.
I was told my mother's side of family has experienced the White Terror, which refers to the entire period from 1947 to 1987, during this period, many of the family lands were confiscated by the Kuomintang, the Chinese nationalist party. It was also during the White Terror period that Mandarin Chinese language was established as the official language of Taiwan, and the
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As a young immigrant, while my parents have mostly retained their native cultural value, I have identified myself to be bicultural. I was raised in two-income family household, both of my parents have similar child-rearing method, which is the Authoritative child rearing style. My parents are more restrictive on the girls, growing up I was not allowed to spend the night at my friend’s house, and I was not allowed to date until I was at least 20 years old. However, if I was out with my friends, my parents trusted my judgement on what is the right thing to do, and that they expect I will be socially responsible. Consequently, I was able to develop my independence with the knowledge that I can always seek advice from my family if I ever encountered problems.
As first-generation immigrant, I was expected to become successful as well as being fluent in a second language without challenge. I had put an incredible pressure on myself to live up to my family’s expectation, however, thankfully unlike many other first-generation immigrants that I know, my parents do not pressure what I should be studying in college, what career I should partake and if I should be married at a certain age. Instead they encourage me to peruse my interest and to construct my own future.
Living in a small city predominantly of Caucasian population I was rarely exposed to cultural diversity, in many ways I didn’t feel like I belong in the
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