• 50 Years - A Million Thanks

Station Logo
A Bill Moyers Special - Becoming American: The Chinese ExperienceImage: Becoming AmericanPBS

Overview

Local Portraits

The Chinese Experience
Local Resources
It Happened Here

About the Program

Local Portraits


Whether you're first-generation or fifth-generation, the experience of "becoming American" is part of your personal history. Here's where you can share that history.

Featured Portraits from
New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut


heidizee | Origin: East China (Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui)
Because I was born in the US, I never felt like I was an outsider or ever had to "adapt." I always felt lucky that I could be both Chinese and American - never having to choose. >>more

HardDragon | Origin: South China (Guangdong, Guangxi, Fujian, Hainan, H.K., Macau)
I'm still not an American from legal point of view. But since I live on this land, enjoy the good this country offers and pay taxes, I view myself as an American. >>more

JGong | Origin: South China (Guangdong, Guangxi, Fujian, Hainan, H.K., Macau)
I went to Club Med last summer, 2001, and I was only one of two Asian men out of 500. I sang Karoake on the second day and everyone remembered me. >>more

NZ | Origin: Central China (Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi)
Our family is from Hunan province of China. We have been in the US since 1990 and became citizens later on. >>more

samwish | Origin: South China (Guangdong, Guangxi, Fujian, Hainan, H.K., Macau)
As an English tutor to people who come from different countries, I realize how very American I am. >>more

Virginialou | Origin: South China (Guangdong, Guangxi, Fujian, Hainan, H.K., Macau)
Growing up in Durham, North Caorlina, my first encounter with who I was and that I was different was on the first day of school. >>more

Lai Yin | Origin: South China (Guangdong, Guangxi, Fujian, Hainan, H.K., Macau)
My paternal grandmother was born in New York City. As a young widow, she waited tables and cooked in a Chinatown restaurant during the Depression. >>more

Create Your Own Portrait

Browse Portraits