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Submitted from Students Worldwide

August 3, 2016

Last month, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the great American summer as well as an even more valuable insight into the American people’s visceral fear of Asia. 

At a recent summer program I attended, I could not help but notice the multitude of lectures and discussions devoted to Asia, or in particular, China’s rise. There was heated discussions over whether China was a force for good, over China’s growing economic clout, and over whether China’s rise really did signal the death knell for American manufacturing. Listening in and contributing to all these debates as an interested foreigner, I struggled to understand why another viable alternative was not being considered; a world where America embraced Asia, and where Asia embraced America. 

I was raised in the tiny city-state of Singapore, a city at the crossroads of East and West. I’m ethnically Chinese and grew up attending historically Chinese-medium schools. Yet my family background meant that English was...

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