Blog #3 – Border Wars / ABCs

In the video, “Border Wars-Libya,” people are shown leaving Libya to seek refuge in Tunisia. The UN was criticized for not responding fast enough in this crisis, so thousands of tents have been set up to accommodate the refugees. The refugees bring anything they can carry and are welcomed with gifts for their travels. When approached about leaving Libya, many are afraid to speak truthfully about Qaddafi as their leader. One man explained that he fears that his words will be used against his family that he has left behind in Libya.
The Red Cross has created places for the refugees to receive care in order to prevent diseases from spreading; including sexually transmitted diseases, AIDS, scabies, and conjunctivitis. There is also a tent where many refugees get in line to gather food and water; but not everyone is able to be fed from the 10,000 meals being handed out daily. The Bangladeshi refugees are desperate and many would like to return back home; but the Somalian refugees have nowhere to go. A Somalian “Ambassador” came to the camp to try and get his people to come back to Somalia, but the refugees disagreed and demanded him to leave. Due to the ongoing war in their country, their futures remain uncertain.
In the audio, “The ABCs of Chinese Americans,” Helen Peng discusses the large Asian community residing in Flushing, Queens. The two main groups she discussed are known as FOBs (Fresh Off the Boat) and the ABCs (American Born Chinese). Helen is American born with Taiwanese roots. She discusses how her family members, who are old wave Taiwanese immigrants, have their own clicks and beliefs towards the “un-mannered” new wave of Chinese immigrants. There is tension between the two groups that resulting in aggressive encounters such as FOBs cursing at ABCs in Chinese.
Helen goes on to discuss a major issue many have with the new wave of Chinese immigrants; spitting. In China, it is normal for people to spit in public throughout the streets. Because many new wave immigrants are from the countryside, they are generally poor and are uneducated. These newer immigrants try to become a part of American culture, but it is difficult for them due to how they were raised back in China.

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