What are some things some Asian parents do that are considered strange to others?
- Dishwasher used as a drying rack. After washing the dishes by hand, it’s a great place to store them until they dry. I had never actually used a dishwasher until I got to college.
- Huge plastic bag (or cupboard) stuffed with more plastic bags. Grocery and shopping bags are kept and stored for later use as free trash bags. Even in a large trash can, I sometimes see a tiny little Safeway bag hooked precariously onto three of the corners, and the bag only extends to a third of the depth.
- Gigantic collection of miniature hotel bottles: shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, you name it. You never leave them in the hotel. Ever.
- Beating eggs with chopsticks. In fact, other than knives, chopsticks are pretty much the kitchen utensil of choice for almost all culinary endeavors.
- Insist on washing dishes twice. In our household, dishes get washed twice—- first by hand, and then a second time in the actual dishwasher. Sometimes, my parents will even steam the dishes in a mighty pot for extra disinfection. I haven’t heard of other families doing the steaming thing, but I know a lot of Asian families wash their dishes twice like ours.
- Bicker over the bill. When a bunch of Asian people go out to a restaurant together, the various parties will fight to the death over who gets to pay the bill. Watch out, Asians can get quite aggressive over the bill.
- They put the extra pots and pans in the oven because…well…Asian parents do not bake. Except to make extremely delicious ribs. At which point they would remove all the pots and pans and stack them on the counters and stove top. It’s all very complicated and unnecessary but I never questioned it until I moved out and one of my roommates asked “So who keeps putting the pots in the oven??” It suddenly felt like an extremely weird idea.
when guys are dressed in suits and they unbutton the top of their shirt and they undo their bowtie but keep it hanging under their collar and maybe they roll up their sleeves a bit and their hair is all disheveled and