Growing Up with Archie Bunker Everywhere

Love this kid! Alex Dang on “What kind of Asian are You?”

For those who have never grown up with racism, it’s hard to comprehend if you’ve never experienced it.

Still remember my Dad running into our asinine principal in the hallway when I first started Junior High at Tower Road School. First thing out of Withrow’s mouth was, “And which restaurant do YOU own, Mr. Lee?”

Wrong question to ask the old man, who arrived in Canada at the age of 9 in 1916 and managed to learn English fluently and eventually graduate with a degree in Civil Engineering among other accomplishments.

Without even skipping a beat, Dad answered back – in perfect English, of course: “What restaurant?!! I burn water when I boil it!”

After an awkward moment, Withrow turned around and walked away… Don’t think he ever had a “conversation” with Dad again!

Comments (1)

JianWei YuOctober 20th, 2014 at 9:50 am

Tell it like it is!!!

Good work, young man!

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