I am grateful to the HuffPo for publishing a new article on the newest Chinese immigrants and the differences in their political outlooks: New Chinese Immigrants Are Different From Chinese Americans And Proud Of It. I agree with just about everything that the author writes about the newest Chinese immigrants, i.e. those since the 1980’s. It’s about time that the world took notice of them. Politically, they’ve had a number of real achievements like SCA-5 and Justice for Peter Liang. If you look at the people who are standing up for real injustice against Asian Americans, it’s often the FOBs (see the video above), not the Social Justice Warriors. In terms of their grievances and ideas for the future, I can definitely see where these new immigrants are coming from. This is real Chinese culture imported to America, a take-it-or-leave-it in-your-face tough love for achievement. Like all cultures, it has its weaknesses, but like all cultures, it also has its strengths. I for one appreciate the “diversity” that is coming Stateside. (I put “diversity” in quotes because, as the author correctly mentioned, in some circles it’s code for “keep them Asians out.”)
One area where I will disagree is the idea that we 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th gens are completely different from FOB’s. SJW’s are completely different, yes. But I think most regular Asian Americans are similar to most regular Americans–most of us fall near the middle. It’s just that the SJW’s are a lot louder than the rest of us. Plus they’ve got more powerful allies in media, government, and education. Most regular Asian American working stiffs don’t have much of a voice because we’re silenced, and we’re too busy working to fight against the tide. If I were to ask around, I’m sure many regular working Asian Americans are happy to see this new tide of immigrants standing up and refusing to back down.
In either case, whether you like the new wave of immigrants or not, I think this article is a great starting point for a discussion with your neighbors. Let’s be open to new cultures. Let’s learn. Let’s share. Let’s grow.