On my 16th birthday, a blond classmate was shocked to discover that I would not also, automatically, be allowed to date.
“But it’s a Constitutional right that you are allowed to date when you turn 16.”
The other three Asian American girls in my class and I all looked at each other. None of us were allowed to date until college. It was a distraction from our studies, a waste of time, danger. “You are not going to marry anyone you date in high school, so what is the point?” my mother asked.
The thing is, although my non-Asian friends thought my parents were soooo traditional, conservative, and unfair, actually, my parents thought they were being incredibly liberal.
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