In an ideal world, parents or grand-parents would be able to communicate with their children because both would be able to learn a lot from each other. In this world, there is a generational gap between offspring and parent. The values taught today are far different from the values taught yester-year, especially in an Asian household. What is even more difficult for older generations to comprehend is the values American-raised children have over the values in Asia.
In 1985, my family relocated to the U.S. from Thailand. Since the United States was the land of opportunity, my father wanted to make sure we had everything we needed to become successful. He worked hard for his business, our chinese restaurant, and made sure our family never lacked for money, clothing, or shelter. We weren't rich by any means but we were able to survive. The five of us siblings, four girls and one boy, never had to do chores as long as we focused on school and kept up our grades, To my father, education was the stepping stone to success so we needed to be focused. He was very broad-minded for an Asian man at that time.
My grand-parents on the other-hand were very closed-minded. They believed that my father's methods of education first and no chores, was a gateway to us turning into lazy slobs and worthless adults.. In Laos, the girls of the family had to learn to cook and clean at a very young age, starting at the age of four. The men were usually catered to and the boys did not have to do anything at all. Women were literally treated as servants and the men were the head of the household and held all the power. Since my father's way of thinking was so different from my grand-parents, they got into a lot of different arguments, and have become estranged several times.
One of the biggest fights they had was when I was fifteen-years old. I became a young mother at the age of fifteen, and even though I knew I disappointed my dad greatly, he stood...
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