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Monterey Park dissident remembers Tiananmen

There are 23 comments on the San Gabriel Valley Tribune story from Jun 3, 2009, titled Monterey Park dissident remembers Tiananmen. In it, San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that:

Sometimes Chinese dissident Chris Wu likes to think about how life would be if things had gone differently in Tiananmen Square 20 years ago today.

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Change We Must Have

Inglewood, CA

#1 Jun 4, 2009
Mr. Wu that is all fine and Dandy, but please, PLEASE encourage your fellow country men to embrace our culture not turn it into the culture of country you fled. There is a big ground swell of resentment against the Asian community boiling beneath the surface in the San Gabriel Valley for not embracing our culture but turning it into yours.
This is the country you have chosen to come too and that has given you the freedom for which you seek but please assimilate into our culture learn out language, our customs, our laws our way of life. I know I would if I were living in a country foreign. I have never walked in your shoes sir but while in my country try just try to walk in mine and embrace OUR CULTURE and RESPECT it while you are here. generations before you have and embraced it and succeeded and you as an educated man should teach others to respect our country not change it into the country you have fled.
God Bless your sir.
Whittier Resident

Los Angeles, CA

#3 Jun 4, 2009
Change We Must Have wrote:
Mr. Wu that is all fine and Dandy, but please, PLEASE encourage your fellow country men to embrace our culture not turn it into the culture of country you fled. There is a big ground swell of resentment against the Asian community boiling beneath the surface in the San Gabriel Valley for not embracing our culture but turning it into yours.
This is the country you have chosen to come too and that has given you the freedom for which you seek but please assimilate into our culture learn out language, our customs, our laws our way of life. I know I would if I were living in a country foreign. I have never walked in your shoes sir but while in my country try just try to walk in mine and embrace OUR CULTURE and RESPECT it while you are here. generations before you have and embraced it and succeeded and you as an educated man should teach others to respect our country not change it into the country you have fled.
God Bless your sir.
DITTO!!!!
plo

Los Angeles, CA

#4 Jun 4, 2009
oh please,there you go again! who cares about your discusting american culture you have none!!! what? i guess you want us to have our teens pregnant,dating,dropping out of school at 15 like your culture,no thanks,i guess you want us obese and eating salty,greasy unhealthy food like you barbarians,no thanks.listen,you're country is lucky you have us here who else would pay the ridiculious prices on your properties,businesses and still turn a profit off you idiots!!! this will soon be our country!!!give us another 10-20 years,mark my words.
Contributions

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Jun 4, 2009
To be fair I want to point out that there was a large Chinese population in the US that were primarily responsible for the building of railroads that connected the nation who were here far longer than a majority of the other immigrants that came here later.

Also, US culture is shaped by the cultures of its diverse citizenry. There's no real "original" culture to speak of since a majority of the people living here today are not the direct decedents of the first colonists or natives.

In any case culture changes with time and demographics. The OP's statement about "OUR" culture is flawed since that culture you referred to only exist in the present, will probably not exist in the future, and definitely didn't exist in the past.
snowflake

San Francisco, CA

#6 Jun 4, 2009
When in Rome act like the romans, or otherwise we may have to ship you all back to China. Keep your kids away from our kids and know your place. You need to Americanized first. This Chinese crap is wrong. Most of your kids I see do not even go to school it is truancy you know.
No Clue

Inglewood, CA

#8 Jun 4, 2009
Contributions wrote:
To be fair I want to point out that there was a large Chinese population in the US that were primarily responsible for the building of railroads that connected the nation who were here far longer than a majority of the other immigrants that came here later.
Also, US culture is shaped by the cultures of its diverse citizenry. There's no real "original" culture to speak of since a majority of the people living here today are not the direct decedents of the first colonists or natives.
In any case culture changes with time and demographics. The OP's statement about "OUR" culture is flawed since that culture you referred to only exist in the present, will probably not exist in the future, and definitely didn't exist in the past.
Spoken like someone who does lives in St. Paul Minn. and doesn't have a reality check living here on a daily basis. Stick to what you know best pal. Hockey!
snowflake

San Francisco, CA

#9 Jun 4, 2009
The Chinese contributed zilch to America, sorry they know how to cook and do laundry.
ABC

Valhalla, NY

#10 Jun 4, 2009
Change We Must Have wrote:
Mr. Wu that is all fine and Dandy, but please, PLEASE encourage your fellow country men to embrace our culture not turn it into the culture of country you fled. There is a big ground swell of resentment against the Asian community boiling beneath the surface in the San Gabriel Valley for not embracing our culture but turning it into yours.
This is the country you have chosen to come too and that has given you the freedom for which you seek but please assimilate into our culture learn out language, our customs, our laws our way of life. I know I would if I were living in a country foreign. I have never walked in your shoes sir but while in my country try just try to walk in mine and embrace OUR CULTURE and RESPECT it while you are here. generations before you have and embraced it and succeeded and you as an educated man should teach others to respect our country not change it into the country you have fled.
God Bless your sir.
As an Asian-American who grew up in the San Gabriel Valley, all of my Asian-American friends spoke English and considered themselves American. Certainly, there are a large number of Asian-Americans in the SGV and that makes for vibrant ethnic enclaves in the area. However, I think you go too far when you equate that with disrespecting America or trying to turn it into China. If you drive down Hacienda Blvd. or Colima Rd. in Hacienda Heights, you'll see banners containing the names of residents of HH posted alongside the street. These names represent residents who are serving their country in the armed forces (the ultimate act of dedication to America IMO), and many of the names are Asian-American.
snowflake

San Francisco, CA

#11 Jun 4, 2009
The SGV have very good Asian food especially around Valley Blvd. To be honest the Asians are an asset to America. but too bad that many whites still view them as foreign nationals. Tey excel in academics, science and technology. they help mightily in building the railroads and golden Gate Bridge. They were instrumental in the Manhattan Project and space exploration. Several years ago two Chinese won the Nobel Prize for their pioneer tx of AIDS. Magic Johnson need to thank them.
No Clue

Inglewood, CA

#12 Jun 4, 2009
ABC you honestly think they haven't turn towns like Monterey Park, Alhambra and San Gabriel into China......come on man you have to get out of that bubble you're living in.
ABC

Valhalla, NY

#13 Jun 4, 2009
@ No Clue: I grew up exactly in towns like Monterey Park and Alhambra so I know exactly what I'm talking about. What I'm saying is that just because there are a bunch of sushi/pho places around doesn't mean that a place is becoming un-American. To think so is to think American = WASP. In the 1800s, people were worried about Italian-Americans and Irish-Americans taking over, but now that we see St. Patrick's Day and spaghetti haven't led to the downfall of the US, we don't worry about them so much anymore. The same will happen with Asian-Americans. Instead, we have realized that what makes someone TRULY American is believing in and sacrificing for ideals such as democracy and tolerance (like those Asian-American veterans I mentioned in my previous post). These are values that transcend any race/culture. Read about the 100th Infantry Battalion of the 442nd Regiment. They were made up of Asian-Americans who were discriminated against during WWII yet still became the most decorated combat unit of its size or length of service in American history.

The great thing about us Americans is that we are tolerant enough to absorb wave after wave of immigrants who believe in American ideals. This constant influx of hungry immigrants is what prevents us from being like every other empire in world history that got big, then got arrogant/lazy and fell apart. So "No Clue," don't worry about the Asian-Americans in SGV. They might like Asian food, but their kids are growing up to be American, and you'll see that they will play a key role in keeping America great.
old china

Chengdu, China

#15 Jun 4, 2009
I agree that there is nothing more annoying than a political activist who rejects his own country and yet still they cannot leave their political aspirations behind them or integrate into the community where they have chosen to live.

They have not earned the right to live in that country - send them back to face their political differences since they are still so obsessed with them!

No I'm not Chinese.
No Clue

Inglewood, CA

#16 Jun 5, 2009
"Read about the 100th Infantry Battalion of the 442nd Regiment. They were made up of Asian-Americans who were discriminated against during WWII yet still became the most decorated combat unit of its size or length of service in American history."

ABC now I know your Clueless you have just compared the Greatest Generation to the current influx of asian immigrants. Nah ain't buying your argument.You can't have it both ways. Besides there are too many of us that can't be that wrong. But I'll accept your argument for what is worth. Just a bunch of political correct jibberish.
Communism Bad

Vista, CA

#17 Jun 5, 2009
Mao and the communist party seemed to think they had a monopoly on the truth. What happened in Tiananmen was atrocious
snowflake

San Francisco, CA

#18 Jun 5, 2009
Mao was dead already for over ten years when Tiananmen incident occured. Are you on a cloud or something. China may say they are communist but they have never been a true communist state look up the definition. They are every bit as capitalistic as we are and right now they are beating us at it.
ABC

Valhalla, NY

#19 Jun 5, 2009
No Clue wrote:
"Read about the 100th Infantry Battalion of the 442nd Regiment. They were made up of Asian-Americans who were discriminated against during WWII yet still became the most decorated combat unit of its size or length of service in American history."
ABC now I know your Clueless you have just compared the Greatest Generation to the current influx of asian immigrants. Nah ain't buying your argument.You can't have it both ways. Besides there are too many of us that can't be that wrong. But I'll accept your argument for what is worth. Just a bunch of political correct jibberish.
If my argument is such jibberish, tell me what's wrong with it. I have given you examples of Asian-Americans integrating themselves into American society, to the point of making the ultimate sacrifice for their country. These arguments are based on historical fact.
American

Los Angeles, CA

#20 Jun 5, 2009
ABC wrote:
<quoted text>
As an Asian-American who grew up in the San Gabriel Valley, all of my Asian-American friends spoke English and considered themselves American. Certainly, there are a large number of Asian-Americans in the SGV and that makes for vibrant ethnic enclaves in the area. However, I think you go too far when you equate that with disrespecting America or trying to turn it into China. If you drive down Hacienda Blvd. or Colima Rd. in Hacienda Heights, you'll see banners containing the names of residents of HH posted alongside the street. These names represent residents who are serving their country in the armed forces (the ultimate act of dedication to America IMO), and many of the names are Asian-American.
Yes, and if you keep on driving down Colima, you will run into little Asia town, all signs in Chinese, Japanese or Korean. Come on, admit it!
snowflake

San Francisco, CA

#21 Jun 5, 2009
Chinese played and still is playing a very important role in America. The American/Chinese culture is a part of America and I am proud of it.
I grew up with Asian kids and they are fantastic.
Family values, education, money management, social interaction,discipline and respect they are above us we could learn a lot from them.
ABC

Valhalla, NY

#22 Jun 5, 2009
American wrote:
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Yes, and if you keep on driving down Colima, you will run into little Asia town, all signs in Chinese, Japanese or Korean. Come on, admit it!
I'm not denying that at all. You're absolutely right that that is the case. What I'm saying is that there's nothing wrong with that. Just because there are a bunch of bilingual signs around doesn't meant that a place is becoming un-American. I'm just saying that you should give Asian-Americans a chance to prove their devotion to America by what they contribute to the country instead of freaking out because there are a bunch of signs in different languages around.
B Coldstyle

La Jolla, CA

#23 Jun 6, 2009
I share all of your opinions. I would be very careful that we are not focusing in on the right issue. What we need to be worried about is the idea that a domesticated chimpanzee named Moe is in our midst, and likely plotting with the Chinese against the Mexicans.

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