Reflecting on My Chinese Heritage

Coming from a Chinese family, I was excited to hear that there was a movie coming out about the Chinese culture. The last one I remembered watching was The Joy Luck Club which came out 1993.  I was happy to watch something that showcased a culture that not everyone understands and something I can totally relate with.

I haven’t read the book Crazy Rich Asians so I didn’t know what to expect aside from the summary I read over the internet a few days back. I knew it was a romantic comedy and that the characters were Chinese.

As I was watching the movie, I caught myself agreeing with some of the scenes and explaining how similar it was to my own family. Though our family isn’t rich like the Youngs, the Chinese family really puts emphasis on marrying “kai-ki-lang”, our own sort of people. There was also the unwritten rule of sacrificing for your family and putting self-happiness and passion aside. Though we never had dumplings, there was a lot of mahjong growing up. I watched my own “ah-ma’ and “ang-kong” play it with their relatives and friends all the time.

I am quite thankful that my family has somehow evolved over time – and now that I have a family of my own, I must remember to share with them the culture and the family heritage that we have so that my children will appreciate what they now have and be mindful of not taking their life for granted.