“First and second generation Asian Americans, both female and male, often feel an extra burden of meeting their family’s expectations of the American dream and are caught in these transitional cultural norms. Given their parents’ sacrifices to emigrate to the United States, first-generation American born teenagers often feel a greater burden to meet their family’s expectations. They also feel a greater responsibility and guilt if they are unable to live up to these demands. They are in the difficult position of having to maintain the mother culture AND assimilate into American culture. When these familial and cultural expectations clash, the transitional generation faces the difficult task of finding a comfortable way of integrating conflicting values.”
Connie S Chan, “Asian American Women and Adolescent Girls: Sexuality and Sexual Expression.”
It’s so weird finding a paragraph in your reading that essentially captures your entire adolescence.
This is why I do what I do. Because the good in that paragraph needs to be saved/protected while the bad in that paragraph needs to die. So often we end up killing the good and the both, or growing the bad as we seek to the keep the good alive. There’s only One who knows how to help us figure who we’re supposed to be. While not everyone thinks about Jesus this way, it’s historically and presently relevant that one way Jesus describes His works is to save and redeem the nations, the ethnes (ethnicities). Not just individuals with all their self-centered idiosyncrasies, but the whole culture and history of peoples, including my peoples, with all our expectations and dreams and beautiful fatalistic drive. God that is good news.