Since I'm pretty new to this party, I'm adding my thoughts to this meme.
1. I am:
Mostly Filipino, some Texan, with just a dash of Spanish and German.
2. My kid is:
Add the above, mix well with a California gal whose parents are from Kentucky, and sprinkle a wee bit luck o’ the Irish. Bake for 9 months, add 40+ hours of labor and you get Aidan Miller Orias or O’Rias on St. Patty’s Day.
3. I first realized I was APA when:
Someone called me a “wetback” when I was a little kid and I had to ask about it.
4. I am often confused for:
Mexican and sometimes Native American.
5. The family tradition I most want to pass on is:
Big family get togethers with lots and lots of laughter, love and most importantly great food.
6. The family tradition I least want to pass on is:
Keeping things from each other.
7. My child's first word in English was:
8. My child's first non-English word was:
Ai-eeee! But screamed with a very heavy American accent.
9. The non-English word/phrase most used in my home is:
Ano – What in Tagalog. But also used to signify “huh?” and “WTF!”
10. One thing I love about being an APA parent is:
Looking forward to teaching my son to not only respect, embrace and celebrate his multi-cultural heritage, but that of others.
11. One thing I hate about being an APA parent is:
Is my son going to be too Asian for his White friends and too White for his Asian friends?
12. The best thing about being part of an APA family is:
We can laugh at ourselves, even though the cultural jokes may not be very PC.
“You might be a Filipino redneck if…”
“Top 10 Reasons why there will never be a Filipino-American US President…”
13. The worst thing about being part of an APA family is:
The silence can sometimes be deafening.
14. To me, being Asian Pacific American means:
Being able to participate in so many different cultural traditions and celebrations beyond my own.