1. I am:
Chinese and Native Formosan (not Taiwanese)
2. My kids are:
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."