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  • I like being a cowboy because

  • you have that image of you

  • being the tough man in this cruel world.

  • Bruce is a Chinese student who became a cowboy

  • after moving to Texas for school.

  • We traveled to Lubbock to learn how, and why,

  • Bruce made this transformation.

  • This is a story about fitting in,

  • and what it means to feel American.

  • My name is Bruce and this is Untold America.

  • When I first came to the States,

  • I didn't have a Southern accent.

  • I'm from Kunming, Yunnan, southwest China.

  • I learned my Southern accent

  • mostly by watching Duck Dynasty.

  • I'm fixin' to go crazy redneck up in here.

  • And Jeff Foxworthy's videos.

  • If your richest relative buys a new house,

  • and you have to help take the wheels off of it,

  • you might be a redneck.

  • And that inspired Bruce to start his own YouTube channel

  • to teach others to speak just like him.

  • How do people usually respond when they see you,

  • this Chinese cowboy with a Southern accent?

  • Well, depending on where they meet me,

  • it gets really interesting.

  • Bruce fully immersed himself in cowboy culture

  • by working on a cattle ranch.

  • This is James,

  • and he's my cowboy mentor.

  • He taught me how to ride a horse,

  • how to take care of the cattle.

  • The first time I talked to Bruce over the phone,

  • and he had that real Southern accent on him.

  • I was like, woah.

  • They had told me that he was Oriental.

  • And when I talked to him over the phone, he didn't sound like it.

  • And when I met him I was like,

  • OK.

  • Bruce has taught me how to be patient to where,

  • when it comes to talking to other ethnic groups.

  • 'Cause I usually never would, never ever, even talk to them.

  • The first time he went on the horse,

  • the next day, he couldn't move a single muscle in his body.

  • He was sore.

  • He was so sore he got scared that he thought he needed to go to the doctor.

  • Like, kung fu training involves

  • a lot of yelling and screaming, and

  • same thing with, I guess, cowboy training too.

  • He comes from China.

  • And to learn the Southern way,

  • that's real impressive.

  • You're the most motherf*cking Texan guy I know, dude.

  • Thank you sir, thank you sir.

  • This guy is out here actually,

  • you know, interacting with the

  • With the locals. –With the local culture.

  • I'm just trying to be one of y'all and deceive everybody.

  • Bruce is one of more than 15,000 students from China

  • studying in Texas.

  • But he might be the only cowboy.

  • It seemed like Bruce went through some

  • rough or dark times with his identity.

  • He asked me to take him to shop for boots,

  • because he wanted to be a cowboy.

  • And at that time he started having an accent,

  • and really tried to wrap himself up in this new

  • cowboy identity.

  • In ways I think maybe his cowboy identity

  • helps him fit in,

  • not feeling like there's prejudice against him.

  • But his identity is unusual.

  • Do you think people treat you differently because you have a Southern accent

  • versus, say a Chinese-accented English?

  • Well, I think yes,

  • especially at the beginning stage.

  • 'Cause you think about the stereotypes about Asian people,

  • like we're smart and geeky.

  • And it's like the polar opposite of rednecks.

  • Have you experienced racism in the time you've been in the U.S.?

  • I'd say,

  • no.

  • 'Cause say, compared to y'all Asian Americans,

  • who grew up over here,

  • I bet that's a very different experience.

  • But growing up in China,

  • racism is one of the least things that I encounter.

  • In what ways?

  • It just,

  • as times go by,

  • a lot of stuff I saw as a kid

  • in China just became

  • Why I like things like

  • rednecks, cowboys, this kind of stuff,

  • I think maybe also has something to do with my homesickness.

  • Do I want to stay in the U.S?

  • There's a lot of yes's.

  • I got myself so much into

  • the cultural and even social aspect

  • of America,

  • and it's not something that I can just

  • pack up and go home and never look back.

  • I do consider Bruce a Texan.

  • For what he has learned,

  • it's in his blood.

  • 'Cause if he ever goes back to China,

  • he's gonna miss Texas.

  • He'll be back.

  • Hi partners. Thanks for checking my story.

  • Watch this other video of another Texan that's from China

  • on Untold America.

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