Friday, May 16, 2008

Korean parents

this is truly LOL-funny! I just read this on the Kimchi Mamas blog - and was to the point of tears. (I would link to it, but not sure how to get to this specific section of comments, so I'm giving the biblio-reference here) I only have 1 Korean parent, but she covers pretty much all these points herself, and I think dad has taken on some tendencies, too. So, amongst my friends, maybe only my brother and I will get it, but I know he will have a good laugh!

How you know you have really Korean parents...

1.Your mom keeps her rubber bands around the kitchen sink faucet handles.

2.Your mom uses water and an old rag to clean everything.

3.Your mom has a bag of frozen anchovies (meh-ruh-chee) in the freezer.

4.Your parents have a free calendar hung on their wall from church or the local Korean market.

5.Your mom randomly tells you what their friends' kids have done, especially if they did something good for their parents. You feel like they are comparing you to them…which they are.

6.A date night for your parents, is lying in the electronic heated blanket with thick puffy faux fur Korean blankets in the living room watching Korean videos.

7.When going to the beach with your mom, she's covered from head to toe with her 10-inch sun visor, her Robotech sunglasses, lightweight jackets and such. In fact, they will most likely drive to the beach, look at the water, say 'Choop-TAH!!!' and then drive back home after one hour.

8.If your parents call you 'Kah-She-Nah' or 'Jah-Sheek' if you haven't called them in over a week and then feel guilty about it.

9.When you were in 1st grade, your parents used rice instead of buying Elmer's glue.

10.Your mom has a collection of empty kimchi jars for future use, big rubber basins in the backyard for making kimchi, a gallon of koh-choo-jang and a 20lb bag of rice.

11. Your dad will even comment on the koh-choo-jang or gihm being really good b/c it's from Korea but you can't tell the difference.

12.Your mom washes dishes by hand (only using the dishwasher on special occasions)
Your parents rarely show teeth or have big smiles in pictures.

13.You get straight A's on your report card with one A- or B+, and they have a huge fit about it -OR-

14.Your parents are worried about the A- or B+, and say do better next time and pray about it but then tell you no TV or going outside to play until next report card time.

15.A son or daughter of someone they know gets into an Ivy League school and their parents are touted as being the greatest parents ever!

16.When your mom cooks, she never measures anything. And when you ask her how much you should put it in...she says ' know… a little bit here…a little there. Just taste.'

17.If someone walks into a room/house with shoes on, it makes you highly uncomfortable and nervous.

18.Your parents are looking for a toothpick after they've eaten at a restaurant. When they find one, they cover their mouths with one hand while picking their teeth with the other.

19.Your parents have lived in the U.S. for over 20+ years, and they still don't vote.

20.Your church parking lot has more Lexus, BMW, and Mercedes cars than the local dealership

21.Your dad or mom planted something in your front yard, backyard, wherever there's dirt - they'll plant and grow. Betchoo? Genyip? Something...

22.When you're around your parents, your tone changes and you speak like a baby or little kid 'Uhhhhh-MMMMMaaaaahhhhHHHHH! Nah beh goo pahhhhhhhhhhh!!!!'

23.If you are a girl, you spend $150-$250 getting a straight pah-mah to make your hair look 'naturally' straight.

24.When you go to the beach for a BBQ, camping or an amusement park, your parents bring the 3 golden Ks - kimchi, kalbi, kimbab

25.Your parents have embarrassed you in public before by their mannerisms (dad yelling too loud 'Eun Jung AHHHH!!! YUH-GEE-WAH!!!', parents swearing in broken English at another driver)

26.Your parents are part of some sort of social group. It usually involves secret group money collecting/exchange (pyramid or "gehh")

27.Getting toilet paper, toothpaste, or any highly practical item is an appropriate and wise prize during team games at Church Picnics or Christmas Parties.

28.When eating a grilled fish, your mom or dad eats the fishhead and eyeballs like it's filet mignon

29.Your mom always dresses up when going out of the house. At home, she dresses like a homeless woman wearing your old clothes/sweats and mismatching.

30.Your mom works more than full-time, cleans, cooks homemade meals, sews, serves, is always go, go, go and worries so much that she nags you about what you're going to do with your life.

31.Your dad has never cooked or washed dishes in the kitchen but man, when it's time to grill that kalbi....he's all over that!

32.You communicate through your mom what you need to tell your dad and vice-versa

33.Your dad is always on the couch after work, quietly reading the Korean newspaper or watching the Korean news/videos.

34.The Korean newspaper is the 2nd bible to your parents.

35.Your mom knows a friend, who had a friend, who had a friend....that something bad happened to therefore, you need to listen to your parents and do as they tell you although there is no logical connection whatsoever to the story they just told you (usually that 'friend' is just a news article they read from the Korean newspaper)

36.Your dad would explode and yell with a passion about once every few months or year. The rest of the time, he's quietly reading the newspaper.

37.Your parents never paid for napkins...they just took a whole stack from McDonald's, restaurants...etc.

38.When you were younger and at a restaurant with another Korean family, your parents would fight over the bill...usually the dads...they start grabbing it out of the hand and/or try to pay and the other one pulls him down going ...'ah yai..yai..yai"…sometimes this back and forth process will take 15 min. - everyone else waiting until the parents duke it out and pay.

39.Your parents always eat some sort of fruit for dessert...apples, Asian pear, oranges...and your mom peels the apple skin, the core and slices it into 'crescent' shape pieces.

40.You just love, love, love them Korean faux fur blankets and/or heating floor pads. (Nowadays it's Ceragem!)

41.There is some piece of Korean furniture in the house somewhere like a folding Korean table or a black ebony chest with cranes all over it.

42.Your mom has bulk packs of Korean nylon knee high stockings - and wears them with sandals

43.You've been called an 'Ee-nuhm-ja-sheek' or 'Kah-she-nah' by your parents many times in your life

44.You eat seaweed soup on your birthday prepared by your mom!

45.When you or guests are leaving your parents' house, they wait for you to get into the car and leave before they go back in the house. Won't close the door, until you're gone. Doesn't matter if it's freezing cold outside...they'll linger and wait until you're gone first before they go back in the house.

46.Your mom has short-permed her hair several times since you left the house for college, each time you come home it is a different short perm style. She probably has a short perm right now.

47.You have an aunt (emo) that always slips you a $100 bill when they see you. They try to do it discreetly too which makes it all super secretive but then your mom sees and says 'aii...uhnee' and your aunt goes 'ah..dehsuh..dehsuh..'

48.Your parents have told you that you will die in the middle of the night if you leave the fan on running....

49.Your parents ALWAYS want you to stay home and not go out - read a book instead, etc.

50.When you ask your parents if they need help, and they say no, but they really mean 'yes' so don't ask, just do it!

51.Your parents eat kimchi with their spaghetti.

1 comment:

The Frizzy Hooker said...

I used to work-out with a gal that with a Korean mom. She used to tell great stories about her mother. When that show (i think it was called) American Girl (?) with Margaret Cho was on she would tell me how accurate it was. Thanks for making me think about my old friend.