You should be proud of your culture, yourself and your determined parents who enabled you to live here. You seem to be experiencing something common to recent immigrants - proud of what they achieved and rightfully resentful of being viewed the same as the most recent immigrant. It's not fair, but typical. Jews, Irish, Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, and Filipinos can all tell you similar stories. For example, the first wave of Jews came in the 17th Century, and were mostly Sephardic (Iberian and Dutch). When the Central and Eastern European Jews immigrated in the 19th and 20th Century, they were looked down upon by the more established immigrants. But like all immigrants, they pulled themselves up by their bootstraps, and are actually now the majority of US Jews. I attended a fancy charity dinner a few years back when I was doing such things, and I met a journalist whose family started here as migrant workers. He observed that the Latino population here will always be perceived as first generation because of the volume of immigration. This culture treats all immigrants the same: like dirt. It takes at least a generation for each new group to gain acceptance. Don't worry about it. It will pass, and you are here, part of the dream, and part of what makes this country great.