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Not All Parents React the Same When Their Kids Come Out

Jim Burroway

September 28th, 2012
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September 28th, 2012 | LINK

Not all kids will react the same when their parents do crazy homophobic stuff*.

September 29th, 2012 | LINK

It seems that she is excessively polite because that’s just Asian culture. They don’t necessarily say what they really think in public. It’s a frequent problem in business talks for example.

September 30th, 2012 | LINK

Also in keeping with East Asian culture, her father may indeed genuinely be okay with her homosexuality but not with her unmarried status. The $65 million would then be an incentive to enter a sham marriage to save face for his family by being able to keep up the appearance of being normal. If she was a straight woman who’d sworn off marriage, he might be doing the same thing (though the “price” probably wouldn’t be as high).

October 1st, 2012 | LINK

Which isn’t to say it’s not homophobia, just that homophobia is part of a larger framework of thought in East Asia summarized in the proverb “The nail that sticks out gets hammered down.” The endless need to conform to a single social norm *is* changing, but there’s a big generational gap in that change.

Secret Advocate
October 1st, 2012 | LINK

Respect for one’s parents is a major tenet of Confucian philosophy and ethics.

Her statements may simply be a reflection of that concept.

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