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How Asian are your parents? – Double Chen show

This was a fun quiz from Mike, Dan and guest Cheryl. I like that she is guesting on their channel more since she offers a different perspective and often contrasts with either Dan and Mike on different points. Although, like with most guests, Dan & Mike tend to dominate the conversations a bit too much at times and end up relegating the guest to only a cursory nod or head shake.

The score I gave my parents for this was 9 out of 21 but I thought there were one or two glaring omissions and some questions that could have accounted for alternate situations.

“Owned a restaurant” could have had, “Worked in a restaurant” as an alternative because obviously not everybody is in a position to be an owner. If you wanted to make it more pan-Asian you could add the laundromat owner stereotype or the nail salon owner stereotype for Vietnamese. Actually I think the laundromat stereotype isn’t so prevalent these days and has been replaced by convenience store owner. The “Don’t eat out often” alternative could’ve been “Only eat at Chinese/Asian restaurants.”

The biggest omission in my opinion is, “Forced you to play piano, violin or some other instrument.” To me this is a near universal experience for most Asian kids. Also “Enrolled you in Chinese school on the weekend or just a general Sunday school of some sort. I guess it would only really apply to Chinese since there weren’t any other Asian language schools on weekends.”



Longtime fan of East Asian films. Former "movie reporter" on the music radio show / podcast "Beats From The East" broadcasted on Concordia University's CJLO 1690AM radio station in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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