Hans shared this amusing Quora thread this morning about unusual things that mostly Asian parents (or households) do and how they can sometimes be strange to people from other cultures.

Many of them are familiar to me as I grew up with parents who did many of these things and while I wouldn’t necessarily follow in my parents footsteps in all of the things mentioned, I actually think some of these should be adopted by ALL people just because they make sense.

Here are a few that I would love to see EVERYBODY doing:

  1. Asking people if they’ve eaten yet (no matter what time of day it is). This might be an unusual one, but I honestly believe that food brings people together and sometimes when you can’t show love in one way, offering something to eat to another is just as good. As annoying as this question may be at times, I think it should be asked more.
  2. Cook meals at home/Eat at home more often than going out. I think this is just a healthy habit to make.
  3. Have a lot of get togethers. Family, friends, both. Have them over all the time.
  4. Always see guests on their way out. It’s a small thing, but it makes a huge difference I think. From what I understand, many non-Asian households simply allow the guests to let themselves out. Nothing wrong with this, but I think it says a little bit more when you walk with a guest to see them out.
  5. Family first/Taking care of parents no matter the cost. There is a striking difference to me in how Westernized cultures treat their parentals and how Asian cultures treat their parents. You see it in the way movies portray extended families — couples always hate going to their parents place for some reason or another. But Asian families stick together and I think this isn’t a bad thing.

Anyway, the thread is fascinating if you’re interested in why some Asian households are set up the way they are.