Chinese American, second gen.
2. My kid is:
To invoke Marlon Brando from Sayanora: "Half-yeller and half-yeller" (more specifically, 3rd gen Chinese American on my side and fifth gen Japanese American on her mom's).
3. I first realized I was APA when:
I learned the term my first year at UC Berkeley (where the campus community probably coined it...or at least, acted like it did).
4. I am often confused for:
Being Japanese...I think because of my facial hair. That and my Mandarin sucks.
5. The family tradition I most want to pass on is:
Big feasts around holidays.
6. The family tradition I least want to pass on is:
7. My child's first word in English was:
Da-dum (we think that means "daddy").
8. My child's first non-English word was:
Ma! (as in "mas" as in "more").
9. The non-English word/phrase most used in my home is:
Currently, it's "awah" (aqua).
10. One thing I love about being an APA parent is:
Waiting to see if my daugther's generation feels more comfortable in their skin than when I was growing up.
11. One thing I hate about being an APA parent is:
Worrying about whether she's only going to date white guys.
12. The best thing about being part of an APA family is:
You never have to worry about buying an American car.
13. The worst thing about being part of an APA family is:
14. To me, being Asian Pacific American means:
A lifetime of feeling self-conscious. Unless you're in Hawaii. Or certain parts of California.
I'm tagging Soccer Dad and Daddy Zen.