Introduction

Why did my parents choose to move into the United States? Why am I here? I consider myself a second-generation Asian American. For the past six years, New Jersey is a state I call home. Honestly, I adopt a majority of the customs and language of American Culture. Fortunately, with the help of my parents, relatives, and family friends I recognize the importance and recognition of cultural differences. One key factor is learning to speak one’s native language. I am Filipino and my native language is Tagalog. Being bilingual made me realize my identity and promote ethnic pride. Language and cultural diversity is important because it allows people to appreciate and learn other cultures. If bilingualism is practiced and becomes widely accepted in the American community, it pays off well. Bilingualism needs to be promoted and be taken to action because there are many Asian American immigrants and the rate of immigration influx is not going to slow down anytime soon. Most importantly, studies show that bilingualism aids in academic success. Bilingualism helps Asian Americans and immigrants to reduce stress while trying to learn living in the American lifestyle. Asian Americans and immigrants pay a high investment on the long-term rewards of education drives them to fight the adversities and challenges of living in America. The purpose of my blog is to promote bilingual education. My audiences are teachers and parents.

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