The Parental Influence Like many Chinese parents, mine only expected the best – the best grades, the best schools, the best jobs, and the best husband who shared those same qualities.
I had always understood certain facets of everyday life as norms since most of my peers were like me and grew up in households like mine.
I never attributed tenets as simple as honoring and respecting elders, especially parents, to my ethnic upbringing.
Respect and honor of the Chinese culture might have to be learned, but the same goes for the other person’s heritage.
Certain foods or traditions might need some easing into, such as becoming accustomed to chicken feet on the table during Sunday morning dim sum, or politely arguing over who will pay the bill.
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