Growing Up Asian-American Told By GIFS

Growing Up Asian-American Told By GIFS

5 things you can definitely relate to if you grew up in an Asian-American household.
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Growing up Asian-American, there were a lot of questions people asked me; some being reasonable and some were just flat out ridiculous. There are also a lot of things that you realize that only you do and that none of your non-Asian friends do.

1. No Shoes In The House

EVER. As soon as you walk into the house, you better take off your shoes and leave 'em at the door because mother would not be pleased with you tracking all this outside dirt into the freshly cleaned house. And when your friends came over, you would have to tell them to take off their shoes and they would be momentarily confused and you have to explain, "It's an Asian thing." But you can never forget the look on your mom's face when you took more than two steps in the house with your shoes on...

2. The Fear of Telling Your Parents Your Grade

That moment you were in class...your teacher is handing back your test and you pray that it's an A. Ever since I was in elementary school, I was expected to excel in my classes. Whether I was in the most advanced reading group or got the most advanced spelling list, (I was spelling postmortem at the age of eight.) I was always expected to get the best of the best of grades. It sounds so stereotypical, which it is, but I always needed to get that A. I remember a specific time where I got a 96 on a test and my mom asked me, "Where did the other four points go?", like REALLY mother, really.

3. That Moment You Pull Out Your VERY Asian Lunch at School

If your mom didn't pack you a super Asian lunch at least once a week IDK what y'all were doing because I was out here in fourth grade pulling out my fried rice and eggrolls while everyone else was chowing down on Chef Boyardee cans and Lunchables. Sometimes, though, you just wanted to be like all the other kids and get to make your own personal pizzas.

4. Your Parents Being Strict On Everything with Money

I have never met someone so meticulous in regards to money like my mother. She isn't completely stingy but rather so careful with her funds and careful not to get charged extra for everything. When we are at the store checking out, she will check what the cashier scanned, how many items she scanned, if the cashier took the security tag off or not, and then look over the receipt immediately after. I thought she was just being extra until one day when my sister and I went shopping without her and we weren't paying attention and the cashier scanned the same item three times and left a security tag on the other. We then had to go all the way back to the mall the next day. Lessons learned.

5. Growing Up Immersed in Culture

Even though I was born in America, my parents always wanted to make sure I never forgot my roots. I attended a school every Sunday in order to learn the Vietnamese language. I was constantly immersed in the Vietnamese culture and I am so grateful for that. Even though I was born and raised in America, I am still full-blown Vietnamese and I will never forget it.

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2018 is sort of a trap for this woman. She believes in women with all of the fire inside of her, but it is hard for her to offer support when people are making fools of themselves and disguising it as feminism.

The fact of the matter is that women possess qualities that men don't and men possess qualities that women don't. That is natural. Plus, no one sees men parading the streets in penis costumes complaining that they don't get to carry their own fetus for nine months.

1. She really loves and values women.

She is incredibly proud to be a woman.

She knows the amount of power than a woman's presence alone can hold. She sees when a woman walks into a room and makes the whole place light up. She begs that you won't make her feel like a "lady hater" because she doesn't want to follow a trend that she doesn't agree with.

2. She wants equality, too

She has seen the fundamental issues in the corporate world, where women and men are not receiving equal pay.

She doesn't cheer on the businesses that don't see women and men as equivalents. But she does recognize that if she works her butt off, she can be as successful as she wants to.

3. She wears a bra.

While she knows the "I don't have to wear a bra for society" trend isn't a new one, but she doesn't quite get it. Like maybe she wants to wear a bra because it makes her feel better. Maybe she wears a bra because it is the normal things to do... And that's OK.

Maybe she wants to put wear a lacy bra and pretty makeup to feel girly on .a date night. She is confused by the women who claim to be "fighting for women," because sometimes they make her feel bad for expressing her ladyhood in a different way than them.

4. She hates creeps just as much as you do. .

Just because she isn't a feminist does not mean that she is cool with the gruesome reality that 1 in 5 women are sexually abused.

In fact, this makes her stomach turn inside out to think about. She knows and loves people who have been through such a tragedy and wants to put the terrible, creepy, sexually charged criminals behind bars just as bad as the next woman.

Remember that just because she isn't a feminist doesn't mean she thinks awful men can do whatever they want.

5. There is a reason she is ashamed of 2018's version of feminism.

She looks at women in history who have made a difference and is miserably blown away by modern feminism's performance.

Not only have women in the past won themselves the right to vote, but also the right to buy birth control and have credit cards in their names and EVEN saw marital rape become a criminal offense.

None of them dressed in vagina costumes to win anyone over though... Crazy, right?

6. She isn't going to dress in a lady parts costume to prove a point.

This leaves her speechless. It is like the women around her have absolutely lost their minds and their agendas, only lessening their own credibility.

"Mom, what are those ladies on TV dressed up as?"

"Ummm... it looks to me like they are pink taco's honey."

She loves who she is and she cherished what makes her different from the men around her. She doesn't want to compromise who she is as a woman just so she can be "equal with men."

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To All The Asian Representation We DIDN'T Have Before, Thank You

From television to the big screen, Asian culture has been progressively familiarizing itself with the Western audience and it's momentous.

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Growing up as an Asian-American, racial insecurity was something I dealt with from the start. I was always the one Asian in class, the one that stood out because my eyes were shaped differently. Because my skin was a different color. Because my lunch from home was dumplings and not a PB&J.; I was always afraid to make the wrong move because I didn't want to be seen as that "weird Asian girl." With home life being so culturally different from my surroundings, I never really knew where to look. That's why when movies starring Asian leads comes out a decade later, it's momentous.

We have become accustomed to seeing Asians in the media as the sidekick, the nerd, the weird one, etc. (if they are even cast). You never see an Asian person as the main character or the star. Because of the rarity of Asians in the media, I never really understood the importance of ethnic representation until now. Seeing movies like "Crazy Rich Asians" and "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" made me recognize how proud I am to be Asian. To see people that looked like me on the big screen, it was heartwarming and frankly, overwhelming.

My whole life I've dealt with the insecurity of living through stereotypes about my race. I hated how different I felt compared to my peers. I wanted to be white, to be like the girls I was seeing on television or in movies. It is so empowering to finally see Asian leads in movies.

It made me appreciate and embrace my culture and who I am.

In an interview with Netflix, Lana Condor, the star of "To All The Boys I've Loved Before," says, "...the lead is written as an Asian American girl — that blew my mind because I'm telling you I never see that...I hope that this film inspires Asian American girls and show them that they can absolutely star in their own rom-com!" I cannot emphasize how important representation is. If I had seen Asians on television and in movies growing up, I definitely would not have been so ethnically conscious and insecure.

I needed this growing up.

I cried tears of joy and pride whilst watching "Crazy Rich Asians" and am so proud of the needed growing diversity in Hollywood. A quote by actor Aziz Ansari says, "Everyone seems to be becoming slowly aware of how overwhelmingly white everything is..."

Slowly but surely, we're getting there. People are starting to realize how significant it is to have diversity and representation in the media.

The show "Fresh Off The Boat" is the first Asian-American sitcom in more than 20 years. "Crazy Rich Asians" is the first movie with an all-Asian cast and an Asian-American lead in 25 years. Seeing Lana Condor being the Asian-American lead in a Netflix rom-com is also something new. Asian culture has been progressively familiarizing itself with the Western audience. K-Pop group, BTS, topped the charts, exploding with sales and an upcoming tour in the States. It's amazing to see all this happen and feel nothing but pride and happiness for your culture.

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