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."