Asian American

The character in my sister’s novel visits Cheung Chau for the first time. This teenage Chinese American feels she is too Chinese in America but too American in her mother’s homeland. At the end of her trip, she comes to terms with herself and decides to bridge the cultural barrier with her grandmother by wearing a cheongsam. The cheongsam is a symbol of Chinese beauty; by wearing this silk gown, the teenager embraces her Asian American essence.

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