【圖片】： 宣沼淦認爲，從東、西文化中汲優汰弊，更有助於塑造個人獨有風格。 (何元
English translation: The Stories of Young Immigrants
《Article 11 of a series of reports》(Part Two)
Xuan Shaogan: Assimilating the Good Properties of Western and Chinese Cultures
Xuan Shaogan says that recently when new Asian immigrants arrive, they start buying limousines and expensive homes. This gave some of his friends the misconception that the new immigrants wasted their money and enjoyed showing off. However, after these friends visited Southeast Asia and places like Hong Kong and Taiwan, they found that even though the local’s incomes are high, the price of housing is also very high. After discovering that three generations of a family were squeezed into a small apartment, they no longer thought the way they did about immigrants. After all, if you could buy a separate house in Canada for the price of their run-down apartment in Asia, it was necessary and only natural for them to buy large houses.
Xuan Shaogan, a psychology major at UBC, says that when a normal person is thrust into an unknown environment, they will often sort things into categories to understand them better. Skin tone and ethnicity are a common example of a category, though it is also the vaguest one. When people of different ethnicities conflict or even have a tiny misunderstanding, people will use each other’s ethnicity and skin tone to attack and discriminate against one another, both are things we should avoid. Xuan Shaogan also says that he acknowledges that small amounts of racial discrimination still exist in Vancouver. If Chinese immigrants were to reach out, participate in events outside of the Chinese community and communicate with other ethnicities then many of the discrimination and misconceptions caused by isolation could be resolved.
Under the influence of western and Chinese cultures, Xuan Shaogan says that even now he can feel the inner conflict of western and Chinese standards when communicating with others on a daily basis. But when he continuously re-evaluates his judgements and when these two cultures contradict one another, he can enhance his integrity and take the better of both cultures and create a balance, creating his own personal style.
Due to his work, Xuan Shaogan meets “tai kong ren” [Parents who work abroad and away from their families and often travel across the Pacific]. These parents often complain about their children not getting good enough of an education in Canada or that they don’t appreciate their hard work. Whenever he hears this, he feels fortunate to have had a grandmother and parental figures who helped to guide him and raise him to be steadfast and not give up easily. He also advises the children of these immigrants to appreciate the hard work their parents put in to start their lives in a new country.
From getting lost on a street in Vancouver to using both cultures and his gained confidence to create his personal style, Xuan Shaogan thinks back on his growth over his ten or more years in Vancouver. He can now confidently say that Vancouver has become his “home”.
By He Yuan, journalist of World Journal Vancouver
[Photo]： Xuan Shaogan believes in assimilating the good properties of western and Chinese culture to create one’s own personal style. (Photographer: He Yuan)