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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 Actually I think the laundromat stereotype isn’t so prevalent these days and has been replaced by convenience store owner.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.”

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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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