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Cultural CuriosityThirteen Stories about the Search for Chinese Roots$
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Josephine Khu

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520223400

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520223400.001.0001

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Travels Afar

Travels Afar

(p.39) Travels Afar
Cultural Curiosity

Maria Tham

University of California Press

Maria Tham's family was one of the few adventurous souls who moved to Pakistan. Maria details that Pakistan was no United States in terms of financial and employment opportunities, and that her parents were never able to make enough money to achieve their goal of comfortable retirement in China or to go anywhere else. She tells that her family is one of just three See Yip families and that they were near-outsiders in the small Chinese community in Pakistan. Maria then narrates of her experiences when she immigrated to the United States, where she was regarded as a Chinese-Pakistani-American, to study, and how she felt the need to find out more information about her Chinese roots. She tells of her journey to China to discover her family's roots and the things that she learned, particularly about the Chinese culture.

Keywords:   Maria Tham, Pakistan, See Yip, United States, China, Chinese-Pakistani-American, culture

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