Complicated Feelings Towards Flushing

I lived in Flushing area when I was traveling in New York City for several days because it is much cheaper than living in Manhattan area. Although Flushing is not called Chinatown, people know they are more or less the same thing. I have to say, to some extent, I feel I am in China when I walk around Flushing. Everything is written in Chinese. Most people are Chinese. Fruit is sold on open tables on the streets, just as how it is sold in China in most cases. However, this so-called “Chinatown” still feels unfamiliar to me. Flushing looks much more like an underdeveloped small town of China. I can feel most people living there are having a tough life. Elder people are giving out fliers on the streets. Some of them work for Chinese-owned travel agencies. Some work for companies helping people obtain a legal status in the U.S. I sense many of those people living in Flushing are having a really hard time in either obtaining a legal status or a decent job. A large portion of them even do not speak Engslish at all. As a matter of fact, they don’t need to speak English to survive if they just stay in Flushing. They are a group of people who live on the territory of U.S. but do not fit in American society at all. I cannot help imagining what their life would be like if they just stayed in China, especially those elder ones. It is possible they would be better off in China because at least they fit. It is their home.


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