‘As borders closed, I became trapped in my Americanness’: China, the US and me | Curio

‘As borders closed, I became trapped in my Americanness’: China, the US and me

31 mins | May 18, 2021

“What story... what experience can I claim?” At a time of heightened competition between two home countries, dual-nationality citizens can feel entirely displaced by the growing differences between two cultures. Chinese-American Angela Qian explores how her yearning for the nourishment of tradition and understanding of Chinese history was met with a feeling of cultural disconnect on returning to the modernised nation. In this touching personal account of identity, she reflects on her concerns that she has become trapped in her Americaness and that there will not be a Chinese life for her in the future.

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