An Auto-Ethnography of My Life
This paper is an auto-ethnography about how the experiences of living in three different countries have helped to form a deeply multicultural, complex person.
# 99382 | 1,380 words | 5 sources | APA | 2007 |
Published on Nov 05, 2007 in Anthropology (Cultural) , Ethnic Studies (Modern) , Sociology (Multiculturalism)
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This paper explains that the author completed preschool and grade one in Hong Kong, one of the most multicultural cities in the world; however, his parents sent him and his brother to Sydney, Australia, to attended a private boarding school. The author explains that, regardless of how very hard they tried, he and his brother could never quite catch up with the other boys because they simply had too many disadvantages and additional stressors, such as extreme home-sickness. The paper relates that the whole family to Canada, which had a well-deserved reputation for being multicultural, in 1996, when the author was 14. The author reports that he was able to make a much better adjustment and, as an adult, has remained in Canada. The paper includes critical endnotes.
From the Paper:"After many years of hard work I was able to complete my high school education in Vancouver, and began the process to be accepted into Simon Fraser University. By the time I was accepted by SFU, my parents had decided to move back to Hong Kong. They cannot speak English at all, and I think they were too old and set in their ways to integrate into a foreign culture. Also, they had retired, so they did not have the enjoyment and stimulation of working. All in all, they were bored and socially isolated within a foreign culture, and really needed to get back to Hong Kong."
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