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Travels Afar

Maria Tham

in Cultural Curiosity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780520223400
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924918 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520223400.003.0003
Travels Afar

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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

Chapter.  7953 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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