Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Open-Mindedness Needs to be Taught

The older Asian 1st generations don't really teach their kids to be open-minded. As a result, kids aren't so open-minded to think about what the earlier Asian immigrants went through to get to where we are today.They only seem to think about what is right in front of them, and then the older generation thinks that we're just spoiled & selfish brats because we got it so much easier than them compared to when they were growing up. However, what they don't understand is that we DO live in a different time and place. So I've had my own personal conflicts with Asian elders, but I suppose it's allowed me to separate my own values from theirs. They grew up in a culture where they were supposed to obey their elders and do whatever they said, like good little sons & daughters. In a way, they were almost like brain-washed human beings, like robots in a way. However, this is why my mom is glad she brought our family over to America... So that we could think for ourselves, and I AM greatful for that :)