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First Generation Kids — What Would You Like To Say To Your Parents?

The older I become, the more I realise how much my parents sacrificed for me.

My parents moved to Australia from the Philippines, years before I was born.

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I don't know the ins and outs of their lives before my sister and I were born — but I know it wasn't easy.

Growing up and being the child of immigrants was interesting. My parents and I didn't always see eye to eye.


The four years I spent as a vegetarian under my parents' roof experience.

But the older I become, the things that I once found annoying or embarrassing about having ethnic parents, have become...well, the things I'm most proud of.

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Like my ancestors having had close to nothing. Now, my children are in want of nothing and that is by the sacrifice and sheer determination of my parents — and I don't thank them nearly enough.

Which got me thinking — what's something you want to thank your immigrant parents for?


I mean, if they're anything like mine, they might get a bit suspicious, but share anyway.

Maybe you've only recently realised that they sometimes went without, so that you could have what they never did as children.

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My biggest dream as a teenager was to go to Rome, that's all I wanted. When I graduated from high school, my parents organised for me to spend a month in Europe with my aunty — never having even been there once themselves.

Or maybe your parents insistence that you apply yourself to your studies so you'd have many opportunities...actually led to you having many opportunities.

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All those times my mates were out and about while I was made to study, really bothered me as a teenager. I know now it's only because they didn't want me to have their experience of poverty, and education is the one thing that people can't take away from you.

Maybe you never felt like "everyone else" — but now you're grateful for the language, culture and food your parents have passed down to you.

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Filipinos eat duck foetuses, pigs' blood, raw fish salad — and let me tell you, if you've not tried these dishes, you're missing out.

Whatever it is — whether you choose to tell them or not (but I totally think you should): What's something you want to thank your immigrant parents for?


Drop your answers below and the best ones will be featured in a BuzzFeed Community post or video!