The second-generation immigrant talked with their mother about their identity and why they did not stay in the United States to study

Christina's mother explained why she wanted her two children to grow up in Taiwan. Photo authorization from: Christina靠右邊走
Christina's mother explained why she wanted her two children to grow up in Taiwan. Photo authorization from: Christina靠右邊走
Taiwan Immigrants' Global News Network】Editor/ Tim Wu (吳宗翰)


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What would a person who is biracial think about his or her identity? In this episode of the "New Immigrants in Taiwan" column, The second-generation immigrant YouTuber Christina (Christina奶黃) interviewed her mother from the US to learn why her mother sent her and her younger brother back to Taiwan for elementary school. Christina will also share her opinions on self-identity as a biracial individual.

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Christian and her younger brother when they were little.Photo authorization from: Christina靠右邊走

Christina's mother is American, while her father is Taiwanese. Christina's mother explained that the major reason Christina and her younger brother were transferred back to Taiwan when they were in elementary school was so that they would both be multilingual. In order to ensure that both of their children grow up to be fluent in both Chinese and English, Christina’s mother who have already learned Chinese in the United States believe that Chinese is more difficult to learn than English. As a result, they sent their kids to Taiwan while they are still young and have a strong grasp of the language. When Christina’s mother was still living in the United States, she would attempt to speak Chinese with the kid at home, but after moving to Taiwan, she tried to speak English with the child at home in order to preserve the child's language sense of the two languages. After moving to Taiwan, Christina's mother also enrolled in a university to study Chinese.

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Christina's mother thinks Chinese is more difficult to learn than English.Photo authorization from: Christina靠右邊走

At the end of the video, Christina also said that while though she had some identity confusion as a young American child, she now sees herself as fortunate to have a bicultural heritage. Therefore, she stated that because mixed-race individuals themselves have bicultural histories, one must first embrace one's own identity. However, one should not necessarily pick one side for self-identification.

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Christina and her brother.Photo authorization from: Christina靠右邊走

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