Jianmei Wu


Crystal Ying, March 18, 2018

Jianmei Wu: In Her Own Words

Did you ever experience unfair treatment because of your ethnicity?

Yes, a lot, but most recently when my son, he plays with the neighborhood kids, and the neighborhood kids initiate the Ding-Dong trick; just knock on neighbors' doors and run away. So the other white kids did that, Evan followed the kids, play this trick as well. One of our neighbors is really annoyed by this Ding-Dong trick. He talked to the other white kids' moms, said, "Please don't do that again, my wife don't feel well." But to my son, he acted totally different. He punched our door, and yelled at me, and yelled at my son. I think this is really unfair. I know playing the Ding-Dong trick is not good, but I don't understand why he treated the other neighbors so different from us.

Did you ever struggle to communicate in a language other than your native tongue?

Oh, absolutely. Even now, for medicine and medical things, I still feel really uncomfortable with English talking.

Did you ever regret your decision to move?

Yes. Far from my family, far from everybody I knew before, it's so lonely, a lot of time feel.

Do you ever want to move back to China?

Yeah, I want to be close to my family, I miss the food, the culture, and I think the most important part is wanting to move close to the family.

Have you ever felt glad that you moved?

Yes, sometimes. I see the different world, I've been in America almost twenty years, I think I see the different culture, learn a lot of new things, meet different people, see different things, go to school, get a job, and it's a totally new life to me.