Personal Narrative: Asian Parent Stereotypes

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I grew up in California, born to Chinese immigrants who began their American dream by working as dish washers at a shifty restaurant in Oregon. From there, my father worked his way up by fixing machines ranging from dumpling assemblers to oil rigs on the ocean that took him away from home for months while my mother became confined to bed rest due to chronic illness. Thinking back, I distinctly remember the vague acknowledgement of poverty in our family. Whenever I asked for jejune luxuries such as toys, mother appeased me by promising that we could maybe buy it once my brother joined us in America. Unable to obtain a green card for my older brother, they had to leave him behind in China under the care of our grandparents. At six years old, I met him for the first time and immediately found that I was unable to converse with him. The cultural and language barrier was already evident in our family. Throughout the years, my family’s economic disparity lessened, but our cultural and language gap burgeoned. I can attest to the truth of Asian parent stereotypes; they…show more content…
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