I wouldn’t typically share a BuzzFeed article, but this one is just too funny and SO true to my upbringing. I wonder if anyone can relate?…
‘A’ for sure stands for “Average.” Luckily I never got an ‘F,’ but after one ‘D’ in college (that the ‘Rents certainly didn’t know about– ski team always took priority over studies), I took it upon myself to “Don’t Come Home”. A-‘s were also considered below average, depending on the subject. We might have gotten a pass if it was in, say, an English class. There was no way mom or dad could triple-check or correct these homework assignments even if we were wrong. Second language, of course.
I was most certainly threatened on numerous occasions that I would be disowned if I dated a white boy. Scare tactics. Didn’t work. And to my surprise, every time, my parents never disowned me. (Insert smirking emoticon).
And I definitely bypassed the dream of becoming an artist to complete a Bachelor of Science degree at a…cough cough… State college. Which I don’t even use now. Talk about BS degree. Joking. It was a solid education.
Though I’m sure this created a wee bit of disappointment with my parents coming to the realization that they wouldn’t have a CPA, PhD, or Attorney out of me. But hey, that’s what the other siblings are for, right? Better odds for ‘success’ by having multiple children. I’m pretty sure they are proud of my accomplishments now, but at the time, I was no doubt sending my mom and dad down the worry train.
Sarcasm aside, I am truly grateful for everything my parents did for us – from the hard pushing and tough love, to the amazing traveling experiences, cooking lessons, and enthusiasm for the American Dream. I am so thankful I have already accomplished so much in my life. And guess what? In the end, Yours Truly became an artist all on her own. Well, I take that back. I can, in part, thank the military life for speeding up this process.
So, cheers to all you first- or second-generation Chinese-Americans out there who grew up eating duck feet at dim sum and consuming copious amounts of juk to cure your colds. Hope these 22 signs make you chuckle as much as they did for me…