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18 Problems Of A First Generation Asian-American Kid

I have 99 problems and 18 of them pertain to what it's like to be raised by Asian immigrant parents.

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1. Expectations are always too high.

Oh, and you grew up believing there were only three career options: doctor, lawyer, or engineer.
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Oh, and you grew up believing there were only three career options: doctor, lawyer, or engineer.

2. Your parents are cheap...real cheap.

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"If it's free, it's for me!"

3. You're too American.

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You're ridiculed for not knowing your own language or speaking in the incorrect accent. Then, every now and then, you're forced to reconnect with your culture.

4. Your parents would lie about your age at a buffet.

Mom: "What do you say when the waiter asks how old you are?" You: "I'm this many!" *holding up five fingers*
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Mom: "What do you say when the waiter asks how old you are?"

You: "I'm this many!" *holding up five fingers*

5. Your dishwasher is used as a drying rack.

You mean to tell me the thing we put our dishes in after we wash them can wash dishes?
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You mean to tell me the thing we put our dishes in after we wash them can wash dishes?

6. You have an instant connection with other kids with immigrant parents.

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7. Teaching is not a two-way street.

8. Your parents don't "believe" in sleepovers.

9. It is a shocker to your friends when they find out you were born in America.

10. Absolutely no shoes in the house.

As a result, it has become a habit to always remove your shoes before entering any home.
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As a result, it has become a habit to always remove your shoes before entering any home.

11. NO DATING ALLOWED

12. Asking your parents for permission to hang out with your friends left you in a state of confusion.

So, is that a yes or no?
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So, is that a yes or no?

13. You would rake in all the cash from your family on your birthday, holidays, and family gatherings.

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...and then you spent all of it within the next week.

14. Strict parents were an understatement.

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You sometimes wish you had non-Asian.

15. Your home is like a cultural art museum.

When your friends come over to your house...
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When your friends come over to your house...

16. You were your parents' 24/7 on-call tech support.

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"What does this button do?!!?!"

17. Your parents always use tales of their struggles to remind you about how privileged you are.

Here we go again...

18. But, your parents worked hard to allow you to live comfortably.

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They are still wearing the same clothes they bought from Walmart 20 years ago, but they still sent you to college.

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