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Things You'll Know if you Grew Up Chinese American

by - Saturday, February 15, 2020

Not many of you know this, but I am actually a Chinese born American, even though I was born in Singapore. There are a lot of things you'll be familiar with if you're also Chinese American, or even British-born Chinese or Australian-born Chinese.


  • You know every lyric from this song thanks to all the wuxi movies your parents have watched 
  • You have numerous aunts and uncles who you have no memory of, yet they've known you since you were a baby. 
  • You know most of the Asian supermarkets where you live...and which ones are good and which ones are bad. 
  • You've been enrolled in Chinese school as a kid 
  • The Asian Grading Scale memes. 
  • Constantly being compared to your siblings or cousins when you were a kid 
  • Tiger Balm being the Chinese equivalent of Vaporub 
  • Getting a 红宝 during Chinese New Year/Lunar New Year from your parents, but also every auntie and uncle you know 
  • Being asked if you know karate/kung fu 
  • Every video game fun time being somehow turned into a competition of who can get the highest score or the highest killstreak 
  • You also know all the best dim sum spots in town 
  • You have had strangers try to guess your ethnicity 
  • Your parents forcing homeopathic treatments on you when you're sick (such as that weird green oil, soups, and many other herbal medicines and teas) 
This was meant to be a lighthearted take on things that Chinese people born abroad (especially in the US, UK, Canada, or Australia) face, and it's a start for me writing about my experiences being a Chinese born American. 

Are you Chinese or are familiar with Chinese culture? Do any of these apply to you? 

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