Guest Post: My daughter said, "I'm American, I'm Jewish and I'm Chinese." | Speaking of China

21 Responses

  1. Sveta
    Sveta February 27, 2015 at 10:58 am | | Reply

    Sweet story if I say so myself 🙂 if I should have children, I hope they will be like that as well.

  2. Constance - Foreign Sanctuary
    Constance - Foreign Sanctuary February 27, 2015 at 11:32 am | | Reply

    What a great story!! It is nice to hear how she is proud of her identity!

  3. Autumn
    Autumn February 27, 2015 at 12:14 pm | | Reply

    I laughed over this post. I loved Leah’s confidence — that’s a Mom doing a great job!

    What word did Leah wind up using instead of “stupid?” Ignorant, maybe?

  4. Kimberly
    Kimberly February 27, 2015 at 8:26 pm | | Reply

    That’s a great story! I hope KL says things like that one day (not the ‘stupid’ part but he three things part). KL might have some issues when it comes to her Tibetan identity when it comes to whether or not she is ‘Chinese’. But that is year’s away (for her I think).

  5. IC
    IC February 28, 2015 at 1:41 am | | Reply

    “If I can’t call him stupid, what can I call him?”

    Well, she definitely inherits the Jewish personality. No conforming, no compromising, strongly disagreeble.

    Such personality is good for business, law, sale which are all verbally related fields.

  6. Nicki Chen
    Nicki Chen February 28, 2015 at 9:50 am | | Reply

    An excellent story to illustrate the point and very well told.

    My three mixed-race daughters are all adults now. Growing up, they seemed to have absolutely no problem with being half-Chinese. They may have had an easier time than some children since they studied at the Manila International School during elementary and middle school and at a Seattle school for high school. Both schools were very accepting of diversity. They’ve always been proud of their dual heritage and consider it a plus. My youngest daughter does, however, occasionally complain about sexism in her profession. She’s a structural engineer.

  7. Tracy Slater
    Tracy Slater February 28, 2015 at 11:52 am | | Reply

    Love it! As an American Jewish woman living in Japan, married to a Japanese man, and raising our Jewish-Japanese daughter, I love hearing these kind of mixed-culture stories. Thanks so much to both Susan and Jocelyn!

  8. Ri
    Ri February 28, 2015 at 7:32 pm | | Reply

    Haha, what a great storyーand what a smart girl! 🙂
    Leah was indeed right. You can be three things, or more! ^^

    I wonder what would happen if they met again as adults and remembered this story.

  9. Timo
    Timo March 1, 2015 at 3:56 am | | Reply

    Smart girl 🙂

    I am also mixed, German, Finnish and Russian and the kids back in my school never understood how you can be three “things”. Oh well, nowadays no one asks me anyways anymore but interesting to see how it might be for our son soon as he will be Chinese, German, Finnish and Russian 😀

  10. leslie
    leslie March 2, 2015 at 12:39 pm | | Reply

    Haha! Love this! Love that you have raised her to be so strong and proud! It is my hope and prayer that I can raise my kids to be just as confident in who they are.

  11. David
    David March 3, 2015 at 12:01 am | | Reply

    @Nikci Chen..Despite some recent events, Seattle is very accepting. The Chinese usually think that biracial Asian-White kids are smarter than other children and going by stats they might be on to something. Finally, you may like to know that the share of women in engineering has increased sharply in recent years, but if you dig a little bit deeper, majority are Asian-American or mixed Asian-white women. For some reason in the majority white society in the US, it is ok for a woman to be a basketball player, but not an engineer. If you got to India or South East Asia, it is the reverse. Other than ping pong, they dont want women playing many sports in Singapore and it is a prestige and honor for a woman to be an engineer and good at math. In fact, girls have consistently outperformed men in math and science in Singapore in recent years. As far as the Indians are concerned, Indian girls outperform Indian boys at he High School level with one caveat…outside India.

  12. David
    David March 3, 2015 at 12:04 am | | Reply

    @Timo…in the US, they will just label you white and your kid a Hapa…Half Asian-half white.

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