pronounced: May Ga-oooh-oh
This is the Chinese word for America. The first word means beautiful and the second means nation/country/kingdom. This is how the Chinese people see, describe and call this country in our own language. We admire and respect this place greatly!
Growing up I was made to feel awful about myself. I thought everybody either hated or was disappointed in me. It was ignorance & hate passed down to their children by the adults at home and in the media coming out of the 1970s and into the 1980s.
I was outcast-ed because of the way I looked, the way I felt and the way I behaved. Kids told me "Why don't you go back to China?" "Get a life!" The media of the day painted us as these pagan, sinful, retarded devils.
I thought this was something we could leave behind in the 90s. But I talk to my students and watch the rhetoric of ignorance & hate against all diverse backgrounds by the Conservative Christian and Republican party.
You have to understand... when any immigrant comes to America and stays... they have chosen to leave behind family and loyalty to the nations of their birth and childhood. They miss it, and they visit them, they try to help them in their time of need, but their heart is here. Our heart is here.
Persians, Afghans, Indians, Latin Americans, Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Vietnamese, Jews, Africans, Cubans... even our own Native American and African American citizens which includes the gays, the lesbians, the bis, the non-Christians, etc... we are ALL loyal citizens.
Many of us have, and currently are, willing to live and die for this country. We do our best to be model citizens and give all that we have to make this country greater than it already is... please! Give us this chance!! Please!! Don't hate us, don't fear us, don't attack us. All that we ask from the majority white population, and anyone else who paints other people as beneath them... is to take the time to get to know us... and treat us as one of your own.
Pass this message along if you agree!!