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First/Second Generation: Growing Up Taiwanese-American

He was born in NYC — his mom in Taiwan. This is the first and second generation immigrant experience.

Children of immigrants

  1. What was growing up Taiwanese-American like?

I grew up in a town in New Jersey, predominantly Italian American and Jewish. I was one of four Asians in my graduating class. Everyone was like either Catholic or Christian and they'd be like, “Oh you're a Buddhist, like, what is that like? What does that mean?” My household, it was in the middle of suburbia New Jersey. But it was just decorated so differently. My mom had a lot of influences from Taiwan, whether it was painting, statues. The color red, as you know, is really good luck and she would just decorate the house like crazy during Chinese New Year.

  1. Did you ever feel embarrassed about your culture?

As a child, even the smallest things, like asking my mom to pack me a lunch. All the other kids were eating Lunchables. And Lunchables aren't bad by any means, but my mom, she had leftovers, and she can make like rice with some type of meat or fish or even noodles. But I would be terrified of her packing that for me because I don't want the kids to make fun of me or be like, “What are those you're eating? Are those worms, like, what is that?”

  1. How do you feel about it now?

I think it's so silly really, you know. Yeah, I was so embarrassed and like thinking back now to how I am, the fact that my mom put clothes on me and she had like a food and shelter like stuff like that it just makes me see how appreciative I am of where I came from and the things I had. Because like there's people who don't have clothes and there's people who don't have a mom and dad and my mom was doing everything, she could to make sure that I had the best quality in life.

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11/11/2019 3:02 PM
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25 comments

  • Kali A.
    12/01/2019 15:11

    Awww. His mom seems very sweet. I would have loved to have his lunch though. He could have my sandwiches lol.

  • Noel C.
    11/30/2019 16:56

    Nice story but 1question? What’s with your brown so thick fake like.

  • Nasir A.
    11/25/2019 18:24

    I hate America jews state

  • Khalid H.
    11/24/2019 15:41

    Very nice

  • Trie H.
    11/24/2019 04:41

    Does the boy in this video have FAKE EYEBROWS?

  • Mian Z.
    11/23/2019 21:36

    T l

  • Ine T.
    11/23/2019 10:10

    Important is the MOTHER and son RELATIONSHIP GOD BLESS THEM

  • Ine T.
    11/23/2019 10:07

    Mom is right don't forget your ROOTS

  • Jam M.
    11/23/2019 01:23

    😶

  • Satriyo H.
    11/22/2019 08:04

    don't you think that brows is too thic ? 😂

  • Ladybird S.
    11/21/2019 05:28

    Wow

  • Jason-gladis R.
    11/20/2019 06:46

    Xxxp😆😅

  • Martin W.
    11/20/2019 02:07

    真棒👍👍

  • Rolando J.
    11/18/2019 03:09

    MY 2 SISTERS MIGRATE TO AMERIKA DECADES AGO THEIR CHILDREN ARE ALL AMERIKAN BORN UNFORTUNATELY THEY CAN UNDERSTAND BY HEARING OURLANGUGE BUT THEY FIND IT DIFICULT SPEAKING IT....I ENVY CHINESE PEOPLE...IVE HEARD THAT IN THE BAY AREA MANY CHINESE THEIR EVEN STAYING FOR SO LONG THEY CAN HARDLY SPEAK ENGLISH...WHICH MEAN LOVE FOR THERE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE...

  • Chiphadzubva G.
    11/17/2019 20:16

    The excessive use of the word "like" is grinding my gears.

  • Rolando J.
    11/17/2019 06:43

    BEAUTIFUL....

  • Selenge S.
    11/16/2019 01:43

    If loves that much her culture she must go to her country to live. I did it bcos I love my country and the style of living .

  • Wida W.
    11/15/2019 07:31

    İm İndonesian married with turk n now livin in turkey, and i do the same thing like she do, like preparing indonesian food for my kids school meals...one day my kid told me, everyone is staring at my meals and make a joke of it...

  • Triza K.
    11/15/2019 04:03

    From 1986 and she Can't speak English?

  • Himme I.
    11/15/2019 03:50

    These beautiful stories of real life humans that make the American fabric complete is so amazing!