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29 Things Only Kids Of Asian Immigrants Will Understand

How Fresh Off The Boat are you?

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1. You were always fascinated by stories of your parents' emigration.

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2. Until tales of their struggles were used to guilt trip you for being "ungrateful".

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Here we go again...

3. To say your parents were strict is an understatement.

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You looked at the lifestyle of your non-Asian friends in awe.

4. On top of tutoring, you attended your respective language school.

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5. According to your parents, everything you did wrong was a result of failing to study.

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6. So naturally, they'd always be on top of your school work.

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7. They never hesitated to "discipline" you.

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8. Weapons of choice for this discipline included, but were not limited to:

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9. Your mum was probably always watching an Asian drama.

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10. Freebies were your parents' weakness.

11. You had to wait for sales at the grocery store to get supplies.

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12. You were probably taught to aim for professions that make more money.

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For the family of course.

13. Superstitions and elements of Feng Shui governed your household.

14. Sometimes you weren't sure if you lived in a house or an Asian cultural museum.

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15. You can recognise this smell from a mile away.

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16. This fashion crime was a common sight.

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17. And this was typical to see at home.

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18. Tiger Balm and this Green Ointment were the cure to everything.

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19. You became you parents' 24/7 on-call tech support.

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20. You might have felt pressure from the obsession with having lighter skin.

Whitening soaps and creams galore.
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Whitening soaps and creams galore.

21. And those born with narrow noses are considered the epitome of beauty.

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22. You grew up with a huge extended family, but they were mostly overseas.

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23. Which made family visits to Asia an annual thing.

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24. When it was your birthday, you'd rake in all the cash from the family.

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Only to find that most of it would be swiftly deposited into a bank account.

25. You now try not to be as much of a cheapskate as your parents, but can see the merit in their money-saving ways.

Every dollar counts!
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Every dollar counts!

26. You're likely a chopsticks master.

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27. You've picked up unique traits from your parents because "that's how we do it at home".

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Such as eating with your hands.

28. Your parents judge everyone and everything

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29. So you must always make sure to keep up the family name!

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Must. Avoid. Dishonour.