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Chinese Immigrants Came To Canada And Settled Into A New Culture

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Chinese immigrants came to Canada and settled into a new culture. In the process of settling into a new environment, they have encountered new problems and conflicts between the their original culture and the new culture, creating a culture clash. The conflict involves not only the internal family structure and the external social structure but also the way of preserving their traditional culture and language. Immigrants are destined to deal with two different cultures. Truly, it is very hard to balance between their original identities and their chosen identities."The Jade Peony" illustrates and focuses on the potentially destructive impact of racism and poverty on individual identity. In ...view middle of the document...

The younger children, growing up and attending school, accepted the larger social cultural Canadian landscape. The grandmother never integrated into Canadian society, and was unable to accept Canadian culture and societal structure. She was deeply devoted to her native country and wanted to go back to China to die, as indicated by her parting words: "I must say goodbye to this world properly or wander in this foreign devils land forever." Adults such as the father and stepmother were trying to fit into the new society but were not ready to give up their Chinese ways. Throughout the story, Liam and Liang try to persuade their father and stepmother to give up their Chinese ways. Liang insists that the Chinese language they teach in Chinese school is "useless"(p.87). Kiam supports Liang's comment by saying "Mandarin only confused [them]."(p.87). Kiam declared that "[they] are now in a scientific, logical world."(p.87). After Kiam's comment, the father felt silent. He did not want to give up the Chinese way or his position of power in his family.While the middle generation and the younger generation argue over whether to preserve their traditional culture or not, the oldest generation, the grandmother, isolates herself in her room and kept her Chinese traditional items. Grandmother...

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