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29 Things That Are Too Damn Real For People Raised By Asian Parents

"If at first you don't succeed, don't come back home."

1. The dishwasher was really just a glorified storage cabinet.

#GrowingUpAsian Your family uses the dishwasher as storage

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Remember all those years they told you it was "broken"? Yeah, no. That was a lie.

2. Whereas other kids had cool posters on their bedroom walls, you had multiplication tables.

3. Shoes were a strict no-no indoors.


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4. It was never quite a full meal unless there was rice involved.

#growingupasian when you're at your friend's house and they're not eating rice with their meal

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5. And you never left even a single grain of rice in your bowl. Ever.

6. Speaking of bowls, this haircut was the epitome of your childhood.

#tbt my bowl cut days. #growingupasian

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7. You had a prized collection of complimentary toiletries at home that would make any hoarder ashamed.

That is how you stock up #asianparents

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8. And another drawer or plastic bag full of OTHER plastic bags. It's how plasticbagception all began.

9. Plus a whole stack of takeout containers cleaned and ready for future use.

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10. These household items will always be your worst nightmare.

11. No trip to the supermarket was complete until your parents had knocked on every single fruit on display.

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"If it doesn't sound hollow, that means there's a lot of juice."

12. The original plastic wrapping stayed on everything, from the TV remote to the furniture.

13. "Have you eaten yet?" was basically the substitute for "How are you?"

14. Taking photos at any sort of gathering or ceremony was usually more important than the event itself.

#GrowingUpAsian taking pictures at family gatherings felt like

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15. No matter how warm the weather was, hot water was always the way to go.

#growingupasian is having one of these:

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16. "Be more like other people" was basically your life motto.

17. Brutally honest comments on your physical appearance were totally normal.

Thanks mom.... ?? 😑😑 #AsianParents

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18. There was literally no ailment that couldn't be solved by menthol ointment.

"'Mom i have a stuffy nose" "tigerbalm" "i have a headache" "tigerbalm" "my nose's bleedin" "tigerbalm" "Mo-" "tigerbalm" #GrowingUpAsian

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Including, but not limited to: headaches, tummy aches, sprained ankles, broken hearts...

19. The labels on containers were always a lie.

When i was a kid i tried to chug a 2L coke bottle. But the inside was soy sauce. #asianparents

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20. Everything you ate was supposed to make you better in some way.

Parents sent me a bag of almonds thinking they'll make me smarter #asianparents #magicofbadam

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It would make your skin smoother, your neck slimmer, your IQ higher...

21. Anything besides an A at school gave you a terrible feeling of dread.

22. Everyone was an "auntie" or "uncle," even if they weren't related to you at all.

#growingupasian When you meet old women who you have no relation to but your mom calls them your aunties.

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23. There were really only three career choices in life.

Hahahahahahahahaha #GrowingUpAsian

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24. No one could beat you at the extracurricular activities game, because you did it all.

25. Gifts were absolutely essential when visiting friends or family.

26. Dating wasn't a thing until you were ready to be married.

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27. Starving yourself for a whole day was a must before going to a buffet.

28. You knew you were in serious trouble when your parents called you by your full name in their native tongue.

29. And while your parents might not have said "I love you" or given you hugs and goodnight kisses, deep down, you knew they loved you more than anything in the world.