Asian Bakeries

Growing up, going to Asian bakeries and grocery stores has always been a big part of life. There is an Asian area near where I live, maybe 20 minutes away, and though we don’t go there often, it’s nice to go and stock up on some goodies. I love eating Asian pastries, and it’s always a treat when my mom makes dumplings for dinner.

I never realized that it wasn’t normal to go an Asian bakery until about a year ago. Continue reading


Let’s Use Chopsticks

Coming from an Asian family, using chopsticks has never seemed foreign to me. I remember when I was little using training chopsticks, or when all else failed just taking one and stabbing all my food. Over the years I’ve gotten better at it, and can now use chopsticks with ease. When I go out to Asian restaurants with my friends, if they’re not Asian, they either don’t know how to use chopsticks or are looking to impress me and my other friends with their ability.  Continue reading

Received With Two Hands

There aren’t a lot of Asian people in this part of New Hampshire. Actually, the only time I’ve seen Asian people is when I go to Chinese restaurants. Of course, these are all Americanized, but I still enjoy eating some familiar food once in a while. I don’t normally eat take-out at home, so this is a treat. Most of my Asian food is cooked by my mother or bought in Chinatown.

When I did a school project on an Asian county, I learned about the correct way to give and receive business cards. Continue reading

No, No, No, Yes

Last year in one of my classes, we had to do a research project on a country. I actually ended up doing the country of my heritage, which was nice because a) I already knew it a lot, and b) it gave me the opportunity to learn even more. The goal of the project was to research customs and culture, so if you were a company sending people overseas to do business you’d know what to expect and more importantly, how not to offend.

One thing that I found in my research was the idea of gift giving. I think this is true in most Asian countries, and I’ve known this myself. I just never realized it was an Asian thing until I experienced it first hand. In the Asian culture, when someone offers you a gift, you decline. Continue reading

Shoes Off!

Hey y’all! I know this blog is supposed to be about my experiences, which has so far been the farm, but as I mentioned earlier, I would like this to be more than just my farm life. Also, not much has been happening on the farm. It’s been a pretty slow couple of days. It’s weird because school is just getting out around here. In Georgia people were out a while ago. I think about this a lot, and realize I would rather start earlier and get out sooner. I can’t imagine being on a quarter system, stuck in school until June. School in June! What is that? This past year the last day of school was May 1. That blows my mind too, like May doesn’t exist in the school calendar anymore?

Anyways, the other important thing to know about me is that I’m Asian. Well, part Asian. I have strong Asian cultural values though, embedded deep within me by my mother. It’s not to say I’m super Asian – just my values. And one thing that gets me is when people come over to my house, they don’t take their shoes off. Continue reading