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    • karens19

      Asian-Americans have to put up with being considered “foreign,” no matter how long their families have been here. At the 1992 Winter Olympics, the gold medal for figure skating was between Nancy Kerrigan and Kristi Yamaguchi, who actually won. One of my distant relatives commented, “That’s too bad. I wanted an American girl to win.”
      The trouble is, Kristi Yamaguchi is a yonsei, which means that her *grandparents* were born here, which means that her family has a longer history in American than the relative who made the comment.

    • karens19

      Travel websites can be a great help, but don’t just go on a website and say something like, “I’m going to London next week. Where should I stay and what should I see?” People on the website are not your mommy and daddy, so 1) They don’t know what you like to do, how much time you have, or how much money you can spend, 2) They don’t think that everything you do is adorable. Read a guidebook (or some informative websites if you think books are too twentieth century) about your destination, and then, if you have questions that aren’t covered, this is the time to go online and ask your fellow travelers about their experiences.

    • karens19

      Here are some more:
      1) You pronounce “Nicollet” as “Nicklet.”
      2) You have a name for the strip of grass between the street and the sidewalk
      3) As a kid, you knew which radio and TV stations carried the lists of post-blizzard school closings
      4) You have older relatives who refuse to try any non-Scandinavian, non-German ethnic food on the grounds that it might be “spicy.”
      5) The Fargo accent is very real, but it’s nearly dead in the Twin Cities area, which has seen a lot of people moving in from all over the world. However, if you listen carefully to people over 70 or so, you might still hear it.
      6) You refer to a parking structure as a “parking ramp.”
      7) You were raised Lutheran or Catholic and were only vaguely aware of other varieties of religion
      8) You have helped complete strangers dig their cars out of the snow
      9) You know what a California hamburger is Some of the more recent arrivals in Minnesota may not know these things, but we older natives certainly do!

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