10 Moments Every First-Generation Asian American Child Has Experienced
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10 Moments Every First-Generation Asian American Child Has Experienced

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10 Moments Every First-Generation Asian American Child Has Experienced

Back in high school, I found myself with many other friends who were first-generation Asian Americans. Our conversations usually gravitated towards issues that we faced, or moments we had with our parents that we knew were relatable. Here's a short list of a few instances my friends and I knew all too well.

1. Getting a low grade and worrying about your parents finding out.

Dad: "Why you disappointment?"

2. Being forced to stay in and do work instead of going out with friends.

Dad: "You have time for fun after you make money."

3. Not being allowed to eat out because there's food at home.

Mom: "Why you go out and spend money. I make you food at home."

4. No sleepovers.

Mom: "You have good bed here. Why you make her family's life harder?"

5. Constantly being told that you aren't allowed to date.

Mom: "You find boy when you rich and successful."

6. Being reminded that you have to make a lot of money in the future (preferably as a doctor or lawyer).

Dad: "Make sure you give mom and dad money."

7. Being compared to the children of your parents' friends.

Mom: "Why you not at Harvard like her son?"

8. Getting dragged to family meals where you just sit for hours without speaking.

Mom: "Only five more minutes!" (After saying that half an hour ago.)

9. Being told that your parents will pay for whatever you want, and then not getting any money.

Dad: "You don't need X-Box. Go study."

10. Being reminded that your parents came here with nothing and that they just want the best for you.

Dad: "We work very hard to give you what we didn't have."

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