Culture Crisis

L. always laughs when I tell her, “Listen, I know I’m half Asian but I don’t think I look Asian at all.” Her response is, “Go look in the mirror again, buddy.”

What’s both interesting and a little disturbing is that growing up half Asian, and half Polish/Lithuanian in the United States is that I don’t have incredibly close ties to my ancestry. Oh certainly, I know the languages, the regions and the cuisines but it isn’t like I personally feel very close to my roots.

It becomes even more complicated with Mr. I, who is a quarter Asian or as the Young Tobias put it, “That’s the whitest looking Asian kid I’ve ever seen, Peppers.” But what’s interesting is that several weeks ago at my parents house, I pushed him a plate of pancit and much to my astonishment, he ate not one but three gigantic servings!

It was a reminder that it’s my responsibility that he understand where he came from, and what his cultural roots are. Food, is an excellent way to bring that to the forefront, I think initially. I think it’s time I learned to make siopao anyway.

Comments 2

  1. jester wrote:

    that’s because pancit is universally delicious! (particularly with pork.)

    Posted 11 Jun 2009 at 10:07 am
  2. tpep wrote:

    pancit, adobo, siopao, kinilaw, lumpia…all delicious!

    lechon though, best in the world.

    Posted 11 Jun 2009 at 11:26 am