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February 14th, 2011


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08:35 am - #13
As I was working my way through the bookcases, I came upon a book my father had brought home from China, which I hadn't looked at yet. This was The Jews in Shanghai. It had a grand total of three paragraphs of background matter, but pages of photos of the folks who immigrated to Shanghai over the century or so. The book was a bit poignant, but the title I found a bit telling: "in" rather than "of". Even after some generations of residency, the Chinese still viewed them as outsiders. It's a bit sad to realize that.

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From:vampireanneke
Date:February 14th, 2011 04:50 pm (UTC)
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It happens in the asian countries alot. In Japan, even if your grand parents were born in Japan, if your of Korean decent your not a citizen.
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From:mycroftca
Date:February 14th, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)
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Yes, it's rare that a country accepts immigrants as their own, even after generations. The USA is an oddity that way. However, the title gave a hint to that concept.

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