Asian Shame Culture: Your Parents Didn’t Teach You Right

“Yes. They model after their parents. So whatever the parents do, the children will mimic. For example, if their parents have bad habits like smoking, drinking or gambling, they will also learn to do those things.”

Why It’s OK to Seek Recognition

“Well, of course, all those things matter. That’s what society is after. It’s people like her who will succeed in life because she strives to climb the corporate ladder, to be successful and be rich.”

Why Christians Are So Judgemental

“Last week, we attended the premarital counselling there and it was hilarious. I don’t know. Maybe the Orthodox priests are more chill, but he was like “I know all of you are already having sex so let’s just admit it.””

Asian Parenting: Don’t Shame Your Family. Don’t See a Counsellor.

I may never forget the awkward look on my mom’s face. It was as if I had suggested something that would put the whole family to shame. Or perhaps, that was exactly what I did.

Asian Parenting: You Can’t Have Fun. Learning is Hard Work.

“You know… Japanese parents… for them, I’m here to learn English. I’m not supposed to have fun, because it shows that I’m not putting all my effort into learning. That’s why I also didn’t send them pictures when I was in Australia.”