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  • Commonly referred to as ABC's

  • american-born Chinese don't harbor any special feelings for Hong Kong

  • although many of those who do visit the territory

  • appear to be seeking something they've lost

  • Boston Chang Lim spent a small part of his childhood in Hong Kong with his parents

  • in 1986 he enrolled in Beijing University to study Chinese

  • returning to Hong Kong in 1988

  • he's been living here ever since

  • Ellen Siu's parents emigrated to the United States from Taiwan in the sixties

  • grew up in New York in May last year she came alone to live in Hong Kong

  • born in the United States

  • Linda Tom is a third generation American Chinese from San Francisco

  • she's been here since the beginning of the year

  • what Eleanor has to say may will echo the sentiments of most american-born Chinese

  • Aluna says that as a child

  • she had resented the feeling that she was neither entirely American nor entirely Chinese

  • it was only when she arrived in Hong Kong but she felt the advantages of having such an identity

  • less than three weeks after coming to the territory

  • Ellen found herself with a choice of three job offers by the time

  • by the time she had spent a year as sales manager for one of the companies

  • another firm offered her the position of regional manager for Asia

  • she says a person of her age and experience might not have reached a similar position so easily in the United States

  • by contrast Hong Kong offers far more opportunities

  • since arriving in Hong Kong Linda has been to 13 job interviews

  • three of them successful

  • not satisfied with a working environment she's turned down all of them

  • though practically a stranger in town

  • Linda feels that with her background she can easily find work

  • Cheng Lin works as an associate producer in a video production house

  • an economics major he spent his four years in Hong Kong job hopping

  • that is until he found his present position

  • More fluent in English than in Cantonese

  • Chang finds it all to natural to speak English

  • when his with friend to share his background

  • communicating with locals Qiang tries to speak Cantonese as much as possible

  • as a child he had resented being Chinese refusing to learn the language

  • now he feels is woken up to reality

  • since I came to Hong Kong Chang has seized every opportunity to learn Chinese

  • when he sees a Chinese on board it takes time to read it

  • when he watches TV it reads and learns from the Chinese subtitles

  • Linda understands Cantonese but can't speak it

  • when she was in the United States

  • her parents had forced her to learn Chinese for four years

  • and would only speak Cantonese to her at home

  • but her heart was never in it

  • it is only after coming to Hong Kong that she's real why her parents did it

  • to make up for what's she's missed

  • Linda says she must take advantage of her time in Hong Kong and learn Chinese

  • Both of Mr. Hui's daughters Elsie and Serena

  • were born in the US and they came to Hong Kong when they were barely 10 years old

  • they never stopped arguing when they should return to America

  • it's been 17 years since mr. Hui went to study in America

  • Mrs. Hui emigrated to America from Taiwan over 20 years back

  • seven years ago mr. Lee returned with his family to pursue his career

  • It is the first time Serena's written in French to her pen pal in Canada

  • she feels that French is easier than Chinese

  • Serena and Elsa go to an ESF School in Hong Kong where English is the first language

  • when selecting a second language both of them opted for French rather than Chinese

  • they can understand and speak both Cantonese and Mandarin

  • but whichever dialect the parents use they always reply in English

  • the longer the same Hong Kong the more they seem to resent using Chinese

  • apart from suing the resistance to pressure the girls refuse to use Chinese

  • because they want to be accepted by their friends and schoolmates

  • in Serena's class there are both Chinese and non-chinese pupils

  • there are times when Serena finds it somewhat difficult to identify herself

  • miss Hus teaches Chinese at the Chinese international school

  • today she's using the Ching Ming festival to introduce a class to Chinese tradition

  • every year the same lesson gets repeated to her daughter's naturally at gravel land

  • both Elsie and Serena emphasize that they know more about things American than things Chinese

  • that they barely understand Chinese culture

  • after seven years in Hong Kong they still hardly know the place

  • apart from home in school the only area is they're familiar with

  • a central Admiralty and Causeway Bay

  • where their favorite shops and cinemas are located

  • more important English is widely understood by people there

  • at places frequented by american-born Chinese distinct social circles have developed

  • Eleanor says that is in such places that she finds the American lifestyle she knows

  • what's more there's a better than fair chance of running into friends

  • lan kwai fong in central is one of the favourite homes

  • despite what she says about coming to Hong Kong to find her roots and understand Chinese culture

  • helena is reluctant to part with her American ways

  • Chang sees this differently

  • Linda still hasn't found a suitable job

  • being part of the rush-hour crowd does not prevent her from feeling out of place

  • To these American Chinese Hong Kong may well be just another chapter in their lives

Commonly referred to as ABC's

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    s01143331 posted on 2017/09/07
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