Most of the Chinese immigrants carried their American Dreams to this country. These
dreams have become both their goals and motivations for working hard and assimilation.
The purposes of this project is to research the broader background of the Chinese
immigration history and their assimilative experiences cross the country, then to conduct
interviews with a local Chinese immigrant and use his/her story as an example to
demonstrate an Atlantic Chinese-American’s journey to his/her American Dreams.
Some important Instructions:
First, to review Zhou’s book on Contemporary Chinese Americans to learn the
background information and Chinese immigrants’ experiences cross the country.
Second, to review my Instructions for the paper of Journey to American Dream to
understand the different patterns of assimilations.
Third, to search for online NJ census information to learn the Chinese immigrants in
Atlantic county as a whole (if such specific data not available, use Asian data instead);
and the Atlantic Chines Alliance Church and the Atlantic Huaxia Chinese school
Fourth, to search and review literature related to A) the Chinese culture/tradition that
affect the Chinese immigrants’ experiences; B) the types of American immigration and
the recent new development of American immigration policies; C) the casino industry in
the Atlantic City and the surrounding area, which has produced great impacts on the local
Chinese immigrants’ employment;
Fifth, to look for a Chinese immigrant as your interviewee. You can go back to the
setting you use for your ethnographic project to ask someone you met for an in-depth
interview, or search for a different study subject. You may think about your friends,
neighbors, co-workers, or anyone you know directly or indirectly who have had
experienced with your topic. If you run out of option, please contact with the instructor
as soon as possible. Some potential interview candidates may be available.
Sixth, to decide your topic: what journey your paper will focus on. For example, their
hard-working experiences? their education path? their community growth? their faith
development? or others? Your topic is based on the story of your interviewee. So you
can make your decision only after you know who you will interview with first.
Seventh, to develop a list of the interview questions that will help you write the section
III & IV of your paper (see the outline please).
Eighth, to write your reflection paper according to the Outline for the Research Paper.
You have to follow the outline to organize your discussion and list each section title and
sub-title in the beginning of your relevant discussion. The length is around 8-10 pages
with double space. Use in-text citations if your points are made based on the textbooks
or from outside sources, then attach a reference list at the end of your paper.
Interview questions an answers ( I already Interviewed someone)
country to the other?
at the University of New Hampshire
and each school had their different requirements in comparison to Chinese
educational structure, which only has one test that dictates where one can attend.
Schools in the U.S. focused on personal development. Most challenging was the
process of obtaining visa.
goal because of how developed and advanced the education system was and
resources are far superior than those in China.
culture will always be the major influence for me.” She learned to live in it, but
not change her culture to fit in.
the task. While in China, there is a lot of delegating and politics (too much
drama). Safety protocols in the U.S. are better than in China.