|One little fan of children’s books.
Photo by M.Adcock
Many Asian parents steer their kids to major in medicine, law, engineering, or business. Writing, music, and art – those were just hobbies, not “real” jobs. My parents grew up during turbulent times in China and experienced periods of uncertainty. From their point of view they wanted me to have a secure future. Security meant working in something practical, concrete, and salaried.
I majored in Communication, and my parents were not thrilled. The Communication department was part of the Liberal Arts school which meant jobs titles were not as easily definable as say, a doctor or a lawyer. Liberal Art majors got jobs with whichever companies recruited at the school and offered jobs. Eventually they came to accept my major, but at that time I think they just did not understand what it was.