Do you share the same culture as your siblings? How does it influence your relationship with them? Are you closer to one of your parent for leaning towards one side more than the other?
I'm becoming increasingly different from the rest of my family as I'm opened to Asian cultures while they have limited interest in. Despite being Caucasian my mother enjoys the Chinese lifestyle so we can relate culturally to a deeper level than I ever could with my siblings because they are very assimilated.
It doesn't affect our relationship too much because we share a lot including personalities and tastes but there sometimes is a lack of understanding concerning our respective life orientations. We all live in different places, my brother in Geneva, my sister in Toronto and I in Paris although we have in common 2 languages, my sister only cares about the English-speaking world, my brother is francophile while I am in between plus I doesn't help I'm the only one attracted to our Asian side.
My parents and my (half) brother and his family are very rooted in their towns in Norway and live the local culture. But my mom and my brother have a more sentimental connection to our hometown in the Phils, since they both came from there. But it's like a love/hate relationship, sometimes they praise Norway for how easy life is there compared to in the Phils, other times they feel a longing for "home" and miss the warm people and culture in the Phils. I also like spending time with my relatives there, but I don't have the same rootedness to our Filipino town. To me, the town contains our family and friends, but other than that, it's a place with not many things to do (I would rather go to places like Cebu or Manila).
My EA niece and nephew (teenagers) have had little exposure to the Filipino culture, mostly it came from my mom and from the 2 times they went there to visit. So they are leaning more towards their Norwegian side, but they are still open to Filipino influences (my niece even likes trying out playing mah jong). I'm the only person in the family who has any connection with East Asian people and culture.
Last Edit: Jun 6, 2010 10:37:40 GMT -5 by toyomansi
I only have 1 sibling, my sister, and both of us had a significant part of our education in Europe; both of us married western partners in Europe. However her lifestyle and affiliations are European, while she lives in Asia, and I live in Australia, but I have stronger leanings towards Asian culture and affiliations. Our only son married a girl from Korea, while my nephew has married a Spanish - speaking Eurasian. Our homes reflect our leanings: my sister has a predominantly western home, while I live in a home full of oriental furniture and antiques. I was quite close to our mother, who was half Chinese, and my sister has a special relationship to our father, who is half Spanish.
Post by mingzayni88 on Jul 31, 2011 9:53:12 GMT -5
Well, my parent's both live Islamic way of life and Bermudian culture (which is western more than anything). But because we have a lot of Moroccans and Indonesians in the family, the cultures are apart of our everyday life.
We don’t follow Asian traditions and customs at home, only Christian and Polish ones. We don’t stay in touch with our Asian relatives neither (just visited them twice, and honestly after some time we felt a bit annoyed by their habits and behaviour, especially my mum and I, which is kind of funny, cause I definitly look more Asian than my brother, who can pass as white). Well, we probably eat more Asian food than typical Polish family and our home is full of Asian stuff, but it’s only superficial. I definitly know more abt Asian cultures than my white relatives, but it’s only because it’s my major. Actually sometimes I wish we celebrate some Asian festivals like Spring Festival at home too, it would be quite interesting!
Last Edit: Jan 19, 2012 7:53:14 GMT -5 by eanpavel