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This is interesting because of traditions that Asian children take care of their families as they age. Now, that tradition is increasingly untenable. In a coun­try that is grow­ing older and in­creas­ing­ly di­verse, elder care is­sues are play­ing out with par­tic­u­lar force and res­o­nance for many Asian-Amer­i­cans. The sui­cide rate for Asian-Amer­i­can and Pa­cific Is­lander women over 75 is al­most twice that of oth­er women the same age. In 2012, 12.3 per­cent of Asian-Amer­i­cans over 65 lived in pov­erty, com­pared with 9.1 per­cent of all Amer­i­cans over 65. Near­ly three-quar­ters of the 17.3 mil­lion Asians in the Unit­ed States were born abroad, and that pop­u­la­tion faces the most vex­ing is­sues.
In some ways, I can see why this has happened. It's very much as Callie stated, that more and more families become Westernized. I'm not saying it's necessarily a bad thing, but I think that's definitely one of the major reasons why things have turned out this way. Since I am first-generation, my family is still very much in touch with their culture and heritage. My grandmother is especially revered and all the children work hard to keep her happy and healthy. In that sense, I would never abandon my family, because it is my familial obligation and responsibility to take my mom into my home and to care for her when she can no longer take care of herself. That's certainly not always the case, but from my own personal experiences within the Asian communities, parents are usually taken in by their children when they get older.
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Well thanks for remembering, and those are all great points. Are your parents here or in laos?
I agree it is evolution ppl change and adapt accordingly to their surroundings but also my point is that certain culture rather its tradition and beliefs are lost if its not practiced or taught. As for me, I don't want to lose my heritage and that's what I fear losing my native tongue. I speak it now to my parents but I also find it difficult sometimes trying to translate an English word to Lao b/c I don't know it.... I also wanna be able to share the lao culture with my children in the future, kind of like "the do's and don't while in Lao" remember that card you shared, so yeah....
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