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It Took Becoming A Parent To Realize My Parents Were Amazing
Let me start with this photo: That’s me when I was seven years old, enjoying a fantastic birthday party with a bunch of my grade 2 friends. On the surface, it may not seem like a big deal. But thinking about it more recently, it actually means a whole lot being one of the few Asian families in my community. Notice that I said Asian and I wasn’t specific to Chinese, well when you are in such a predominantly Caucasian community, you are simply lumped together. This is not a shot of the people in the town, but rather there just weren’t too many Chinese – let alone Asian – families in the town of less than 10,000. So a little bit of ignorance is understandable. In fact, I was mistaken for an Aboriginal kid on numerous occasions. So really no harm, no foul. Knowing this, I now sense that my parents probably went through even greater obstacles as new immigrants, in learning about a completely new culture. Because of that, the fact that they …