BEING Chinese

We Chinese tend to be superstitious and it doesn’t matter whether you are born in America or come directly from China itself.  Just take the number 4 for instance — everyone knows it’s bad luck because the Cantonese word means death so we try to avoid it.  Business people don’t want any phone numbers with 4’s in it and most Chinese would hesitate before buying a house with the # 4 in an address.  I began to think about Vancouver Chinatown and how vibrant and exciting it was when I was growing up but now it seems the Chinese prefer to live in RICHMOND  — guess that does sound like RICHMAN, doesn’t it? Maybe I would get rich if I moved there myself.  I wonder.   


About valerieleeworks

Author of The Jade Rubies and A Long Way to Death Row, from many years of candid interviews with Charles Chi-tat Ng
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