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Category: Asian Culture

AAPAAN Shares: Lunar New Year Stories

Happy Lunar New Year In this special edition of Dear AAPAAN, we share our favorite memories, stories, and traditions of Lunar New Year.  Here’s to a happy and prosperous Year of the Rat! — “I was born in the year of the rat, so 2020 will be my year! I just read the zodiac for […]

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Asian Culture

Six Ways My Asian “Tiger” Parents Impacted My Upbringing (and the Life Lessons That Come With Them)

Dear AAPAAN, How have Asian, or “Tiger Parents,” affected your upbringing? Anonymous   Dear Anonymous, As a recently-turned-thirty-year-old whose friends are becoming parents and whose family have been dropping hints about the biological clock, the subject of parenthood and the role of culture on parenting style has been a common topic in my thoughts. Through […]

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Asian Culture

Should I vote Democratic or Republican to support Asians? I don’t feel either party supports Asian views.

Should I vote Democratic or Republican to support Asians? I don’t feel either party supports Asian views. -Anonymous Dear Anonymous AAPAAN is non political so I will not respond with a specific position on Democratic, Republican or any other political parties.  If no party matches your view on Asian American policies, you should balance that versus […]

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Asian Culture

My family discourages me from having so many Asian friends. However, since coming to college I am basically only friends with Asians. Is this a bad thing?

Dear AAPAAN My family discourages me from having so many Asian friends. However, since coming to college I am basically only friends with Asians. Is this a bad thing? But also, how can I put myself into other communities? Anonymous Dear Anonymous I don’t think it’s a bad thing.  My phrase for this is “You do […]

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Asian Culture, Student Life

How do you decide how to balance Asian and American culture when raising a family?

Dear Anonymous, This depends on your personal and your kid’s preferences and values. Honestly speaking, there’s no right or wrong answer. On top of personal and family preferences, every culture has its good values and not-so-good values. I will take the best essence from each culture and raise my family/kids. First, let’s talk about personal […]

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Asian Culture

I’m an Asian-American. Do I have to work harder to get ahead?

I’m an Asian-American. Do I have to work harder to get ahead?  Anonymous  Dear Anonymous Unfortunately, the simple answer is very likely yes.  This answer applies to women and other non-white minorities as well.  So if you’re an Asian-American woman, you’ll probably find it is harder still. There had been a number of academic studies to demonstrate why […]

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Asian Culture, Career

How do you avoid getting “pigeon-holed” as an Asian American?

How do you avoid getting “pigeon-holed” as an Asian American? (e.g. due to your “cultural background”)  – Anonymous Dear Anonymous, Asian Americans are commonly stereotyped as geeky, good in science/math, quiet and pliant.  Consequently, Asian Americans might be “pigeon-holed” to low level technical staff jobs with little chance of advancing into management.  Assuming that a […]

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Asian Culture