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Old 12-14-2011, 11:01 PM
 
Location: Both coasts
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What I mean is not the new-immigrant-Asians but the Asian-Americans in areas of the Midwest, South, NE--who speak English fluently..do you find they actually speak a more netural flat-sounding (ie-California-style) accent or are they more likely to speak like the locals of the respective areas...

Having traveled across the country, I have heard a mix of both..in Chicago I know a few Asian-Americans who have a more nasal-ly and drawl-ly tone than would be the case on the West-Coast...in the NYC area I have encountered a few who speak very rapidly and I attribute that to a NE-accent-influence...
the South, an interesting case where I have heard a few Asian-Americans speak with a Southern accent (certainly perked my ears & piqued my interest) but I'd think most of the other Asian-Americans in the South tone down their accent even if they've lived there for awhile.

Oh and the Hawaiian Asian-Americans do have their own neat accent too
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Old 12-14-2011, 11:31 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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Why wouldn't they? American is American.
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Old 12-15-2011, 12:21 AM
 
Location: Searching n Atlanta
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I knew a Hmong girl from Albermarle NC. Her parents were from somewhere in SE Asia and she had never been. While there accents were heavy, she was very country. Talking with her over the phone you would think she was some little white girl from out in the middle of nowhere. LOL
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Old 12-15-2011, 03:11 AM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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I knew a Hmong girl from Albermarle NC. Her parents were from somewhere in SE Asia and she had never been. While there accents were heavy, she was very country. Talking with her over the phone you would think she was some little white girl from out in the middle of nowhere. LOL
Albemarle NC is a wonderful all-American town, it is where Kellie Pickler is from and I LOVE the way she talks and her whole style. I know Asian Americans from Michigan who have very think Michigan accents. Same with the South. LEss with Long Island but a few, usually more stuck up girls have that accent.
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Old 12-15-2011, 03:13 AM
 
Location: Rockville, MD
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Ya, I've noticed some Asian-Americans speak with local accents, but they were in the minority. Where I'm from in NC (Chapel Hill), none of the Asian people had accents, but at the boarding school I attended (which contained students from parts of the state with fewer transplants), quite a few had southern accents.

None of the Asians I know from North Jersey have the local accent, but perhaps some do. The Asians I've met from the Chicago area, DEFINITELY have the chicago area accent. None of the Asians I've met in the DC area (specifically Maryland) have the Maryland accent or any sort of "Mid-Atlantic" dialect.
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Old 12-15-2011, 08:23 PM
 
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Yes. I have a friend who is second-generation Chinese, was born and raised in Minneapolis. Cracks me up when she says Yaah, just like Marge the Sheriff in Fargo. She told me she has a Chinese friend who was born and raised in Memphis, and she has a strong Southern accent (which cracks my friend up!). Also,I know a Chinese guy who was born and raised in Chicago's South Side Chinatown, and he has the Chicago accent big time.
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Old 12-15-2011, 08:51 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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None of the Asians I've met in the DC area (specifically Maryland) have the Maryland accent or any sort of "Mid-Atlantic" dialect.
There is no Maryland or mid-Atlantic accent outside of the African American populations in PG county and Baltimore, some ethnic whites in Baltimore and a few southerners.

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Old 12-16-2011, 06:03 PM
 
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Back when I was single, I dated someone of Fujianese extraction who sounded like a typical Boston Brahmin. Dated someone of Vietnamese extraction who had a Texas twang.
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Old 12-25-2011, 06:11 PM
 
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My younger brother and sister are both adopted; they are twins and came to Canada as babies. English is their native language, and they sound just as Canadian as the rest of us.
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Old 12-25-2011, 07:08 PM
 
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I know lots of Asians here and very few have Southern accents. Many will say Southern things like "y'all" but their accent is still not Southern
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