|Excerpted from: "Chinese American Personality and Mental Health"|
2. Marginal Man. "The Marginal Man attempts to assimilate and acculturate into the majority society. Existing between the margins of two cultures, he suffers from an identity crisis. In attempts to resolve this conflict, the person may reject traditional Chinese ways by becoming over-Westernized."
3. Asian American. "Unlike the Traditionalist and the Marginal Man who have found existing models, the Asian American tries to formulate a new identity by integrating his past experiences with his present conditions... He is more sensitive to the forces in society which have shaped his identity and have too often been left unchallenged. Problems such as poverty, unemployment, individual and institutional racism, and juvenile delinquency are of primary concern to him. More than anything, society is to blame for his present dilemma and must be changed."
My own personal background, for the most part, puts me in the marginal (wo)man group, since I do experience that culture clash and identity crisis. However, unlike the people in this group, I embrace the traditional Chinese ways and attempts to incorporate it into my life. Thus, I declare this the dual culture phenomenon. I believe that in this case, it's not that one particular culture is stronger than the other, or that I secretly hate my other half, but the fact that I welcome both values into my life (see new chart below).