Communities Between East and West.

Marco Polo's journeyed to China began a journey of a thousand miles between East and West. Historically the two preferred little interaction but with migration over time, East-West communities became established in places where East and West intersect.

Historic patterns of Nationalism with essentialistic values made it difficult for those that found themselves in the hyphenated space of East and West.

Today, challenges still prevail but as we learn 21st century values of interdependence and interconnection - we learn the need to tolerate and accept differences.

with China's increased activity in world stage, many types of intersections prevail as a result of economic, trade and cultural  partnerships,  

statistics indicate that the Asian community and mixed Asian community are the fastest growing populations in Western countries such as USA, Canada, UK, Australia, and New Zealand.

What are the common and shared experiences of these communities?

As a second generation Overseas born Chinese with children of mixed ancestry, I needed to know.

Shared Experiences of Overseas Born Chinese & E.Asians.

When I read the histories and stories of Overseas Born Chinese especially those that settled in English speaking multicultural countries - it seems like a deju vu moment. The  history, experiences and issues seem so similar.

I believe this is important because today, we live in a technology driven interconnected world which means that information is one click away. To have access to an expanded community that shares the same history and issues is, I feel quite empowering.

With this in mind I felt compelled to research and record the Shared Experiences of Overseas Born Chinese & East Asians.

Facts about Eurasian/Hapa Identity.

As with assimilation factors, intermarriage increases in proportion to the degree of assimilation. Mixed Asian ancestry is today a hot topic due to it's rapidly rising population and according to leading studies and the American census statistics, the status of a mixed race population as the pending majority in the USA by the year 2050. Similar trends are found in multicultural countries such as Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand.

In spite of all the current available information, I found very little that is readily available that provides an overview and insights regarding key points and practicalities of mixed Asian ancestry.

Overseas Born Chinese/Asians I believe share much in common with those of mixed Asian ancestry in regard to navigating within a hyphenated space.

I recorded my insights under the Hub Facts About Eurasian/Hapa Identity.  

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