I emigrated to the United States from Hong Kong with my parents in time to join the second grade. I learned English in addition to Cantonese and Mandarin, so I grew up with two cultures simultaneously, one related to my parents and their friends and one that I experienced with my peers at school and later at work. The process of assimilating in the United States while preserving Chinese values and traditions helped me master the important life skill of straddling cultures.

Being part of the U.S. melting pot makes me grateful to be an American. While my experiences in the United States are probably not so unusual, what distinguishes me from many Americans are my frequent trips to China for lengthy periods. I first returned in 1985, when ...

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