This is from guest Rice Daddy: Mister Zen
1. I am:
Chinese and Native Hawaiian
2. My kids are:
Chinese, Filipino, and Hawaiian
3. I first realized I was APA when:
I figured out how wealthy my first haole friend was.
4. People think my name is:
Jeff Yang; Connie Chung.
5. The family tradition I most want to pass on is:
New Year's in Hawai'i, all-night pool and poké parties, and multifamily road trips!
6. The family tradition I least want to pass on is:
actually, it's all good. All the problems give us something to talk about.
7. My child's first word in English was:
Zito. Just kidding. It was 'Vida Blue'.
8. My child's first non-English word was:
Wikiwiki. (Shut up!--LOL, that's mixing Hawaiian and hip-hop for you.)
9. The non-English word/phrase most used in my home is:
Pau. ("Are you pau with your dinner?" "Yes, I'm pau." "No you're not. Eat your rice!")
10. One thing I love about being an APA parent is:
My kids are always the cutest ones on the playground!
11. One thing I hate about being an APA parent is:
People tend to assume you're another drone from some big Asian borg.
12. The best thing about being part of an APA family is:
We roll deep, and our parties never leave anyone hungry. Plus with leftovers, you don't have to buy food for a week or two.
13. The worst thing about being part of an APA family is:
we don't always treat difference that well.
14. To me, being Asian Pacific American means:
Fighting for the dim sum bill with the tenacity of a tiger, the strength of an oxen, and the wiles of a monkey.