Wednesday, July 12, 2006


1. I am:
Chinese and Native Formosan (not Taiwanese)

2. My kids are:
Chinese/Formosan, Pilipino

3. I first realized I was APA when:
Seeing my German-American hippie stepdad in a doorway and thinking he was Viking.

4. People think my name is:
The fruit drink of the astronauts

5. The family tradition I most want to pass on is:
Being open minded enough to let my son choose his own direction even when it is not something as financial-assured as engineering.

6. The family tradition I least want to pass on is:
Not getting along with in-laws and big messy confrontations around the holidays.

7. My child's first word in English was:
Not yet. But sounds like yeah and hai!

8. My child's first non-English word was:
Peking opera which is what his voice sounds like.

9. The non-English word/phrase most used in my home is:
Lau-Wai (drool in Tagalog)

10. One thing I love about being an APA parent is:
Knowing my baby is way cuter than the middle-aged looking things on the baby magazines.

11. One thing I hate about being an APA parent is:
Making my son get extra blood drawn because he "looks jaundiced" when he's really just yellow.

12. The best thing about being part of an APA family is:
Having a wonderful extended family that gives without asking.

13. The worst thing about being part of an APA family is:
Coming up with ways to justify spontaneous trips to the race track or Indian Casino.

14. To me, being Asian Pacific American means:
Defining myself as a person of color, I benefit from the struggles and of other people of color and have an obligation to give back and stand in kind, even when those needs outweigh many "APA issues."


Violet said...

Reading about how your son gets mistaken as jaundiced made me laugh.

Puka said...

I had to laugh about the jaundice statement as well. After our daughter was born, we were asked if her color looked normal to us because I guess no one was sure whether she had jaundice or not. *rolls eyes*

Sprog Mamma said...

I know my kid will be a cutie too, the jaundice this is a riot.

Mama Nabi said...

Yes, the jaundice thing IS funny - LN was moderately jaundiced, then, on the day we took her to see her ped, we put her in a yellow outfit. Now THAT was a yellow baby through and through... hee hee.

papa2hapa said...

I swear, Asians have enough babies that'd you'd think doctors would be well aware of the fact that they're gonna look "yellow."

The Noodle was taken to a "sun-lamp" to help her jaundice. We tried to explain it to them, but the nurses didn't understand.

Maybe I wasn't speaking English?

Didi said...

P2H - you forgot to mention how annoyed the pediatrician was when I pointed out that Noodle's "jaundice" made her the exact same color you were. What a novel idea!

thisislarry said...

Kidding aside, the jaundice thing is real. Rabbit Dragon had to lie under those stupid lamps and get pricked with a needle in alternating heels for about 24 hours. It was the most excruciating experience ever, being new parents, forced to watch your newborn freaking out naked under a stupid lamp.

his blood levels did show elevated bilirubin, so I guess it was necessary. But ooof, I could have killed somebody.

Didi said...

Thislarry - Noodle had slightly elevated bili levels too. I was lucky enough to give birth at the hospital I worked at, so I only let one person do Noodle's heel sticks (the only woman I would let draw *my own* blood, btw).

I think the most frustrating part was that none of the medical personnel brought up breastfeeding as a way to lowel bilirubin levels. Because breastmilk moves through the digestive system quickly, it helps flush out meconium, which can contribute to high bili levels.

peachboy said...

Co-sign on #14.