Thanks for the replies guys. I'm going to attempt to write one that combines both topics, but emphasize the first.
I'd go with #1, but being a Chinese-American makes writing a diversity statement about ethnicity a bit of a stretch...even in your conditions.
Agreed. That's why I want to focus more on the cultural obstacles I overcame as a Chinese immigrant, and how those experiences shaped my definition of diversity. I definitely don't it to read, "I am Chinese and do XYZ Chinese things. Therefore I am diverse." I don't want it to be about ethnicity per se, but my experiences in the context of ethnic differences.
wow man, are you me? your life mirrors mine (cept i went from cali to the south, not the other way around)
#1 i like better though...as everyone as already stated...you can briefly mention a few things from #2
so if you're Chinese-American...in the OP's shoes..you should write a diversity statement???
I think everyone should write a DS. I have friends who come from white, middle-class backgrounds who are writing them. The more material ad comms have about you, the more complete picture they will see, and the more reasons they have to accept you. After all, everyone has diverse experiences even if they're not ethnically diverse.