The Washington Post is running a series of four articles describing the new cultural landscape of the Atlanta suburbs. Today’s (third) installment covers a Vietnamese family:

The tranquility is wrecked a few weeks later when Tony Nguyen opens his daughter’s cell phone bill. There are hundreds of calls to one particular number. Tony is so furious that he hurls the cell phone into the dining room wall.

“Now that you have a boyfriend,” he tells Amy, “you’ll probably only go to college two years.”

As funny as that is, it’s not an isolated event. This is a very common mindset among the newly immigrated Asian population, and only scratches at the surface of the frustrating cultural divide that separates parents from their children. I’ve got about a million stories just like this one.

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