On our Radar: Everything My Asian Immigrant Parents Taught Me Turns Out to Be Wrong

Frank H. Wu, Chancellor and Dean of UC Hastings College of Law, recently wrote this article for Huffington Post. 

My parents espouse, in addition to the virtues of self-improvement through formal education and the return on effort, the merits of conformity, tradition, and deference to elders. They believe in work and the importance of discipline. They recommended if not insisted on the study of a scientific or technical major, seemingly objected to relaxation never mind fun, and regarded failure as shameful. They do not promote complaining or making much of a fuss.

They are right. Yet they are wrong.

I have the utmost respect for my parents. Without the standards they set and the support they may have expressed in a manner unfamiliar to my friends’ parents, I would not have accomplished anything at all. 

It’s something we commonly hear from 1st Generation Asian-Americans with eating disorders - this struggle to accept that we have to evolve past ways of thinking that just don’t work for us anymore - as we are here/today/now.

Read the full article here.


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