I think I've been brainwashed...
Apparently this is how I see older Asian-Americans......
Last week I was holding the door open for a Chinese family behind me at the Chinese community center I go to for my art lessons. There were two adorable girls wearing leotards that had just finished with their ballet lessons running behind me, eager to get into the car so they could go home.
I recognized the mother from when I was walking to the bathroom to wash the paint from my hands. She was watching her kids and had that nostalgic look on her face. I thought her expression was beautiful. When I was coming back to the studio, I saw her practicing pirouettes in the corner of the room.
I let their kids run past by me and the two parents raced out as well, trying to catch up to their kids. They looked back, smiled and said "Thank you!" in unison, in perfect English. I've been averaging about 4 hours of sleep a day for the past two months so I may or may not have been in the right state of mind, but it amazed me that they spoke without an accent.
I know that ABC's are around and hell, you're all over the interwebz but for some reason it never crossed my mind that I would actually bump into one in real life. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I'm so engrossed in the Vietnamese community where there's mostly fobs and that most of the first generation born here are around my age. Who knows, but it's still strange for me when I meet an Asian-American in their thirties or older that speaks fluent English- almost alien, really.