Based on a true story.

When I was in grade 11, my electronic desktop publishing teacher Mr. Ireland asked me what I would be studying in post-secondary. I told him I’d be studying sciences. He asked me why I wouldn’t be pursuing something more art-related and I simply replied, “Because my parents are Chinese”. Tis true! My parents ARE Chinese!

Now let me say there’s absolutely nothing wrong with being an artist, for our world is much richer, more colourful because of it. This Chinese stereotype is actually based off of the artists’ stereotype, so a stereotype of a stereotype if you will. But even moreso, this stereotype just exposes the strong desire of Chinese parents to have successful children. Acceptable career choices: family physician, pediatrician, obstetrician, oncologist, cardiologist, neurologist, surgeon, anesthesiologist, gynecologist, dermatologist, endocrinologist, ophthalmologist, optometrist… I think you get the picture.

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