Asian + Aha + Moments

Friday, July 17, 2009

I'm not sure if these would actually make me buy insurance from Mutual of Omaha - but it sure doesn't hurt - and it's nice to see them featuring out some Asian American faces in the aha moment campaign.

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Helen And Mom

I’m the first generation here, so I rebelled a lot during my adolescent years. Growing up, my mother and I used to fight a lot.

We started to get along a little better after I moved out. But at age 21, I had to move back in, and we fought harder than ever.

One day we fought so hard, we both broke down and didn’t have the energy to fight any more. We were so exhausted. It was tearful and painful. During the crying, during the tearful apologies and venting, that’s when it clicked. We finally listened to each other instead of defending ourselves.

Finding My Way

The reason I moved here from the Philippines was I had been seeing an American guy who wanted me to move back here with him. I thought, ‘Well It’s a good opportunity.’ And I was in love and all that.

I was completely unprepared for life here. It’s just very different. I didn’t know how to use a dishwasher. I foamed up my entire kitchen the first time I tried. Eventually it didn’t work out with the guy. I had my heart completely broken and I was at a loss for what to do.

I could have gone home, but the aha moment was that I was sitting there one day and I said, ‘So, what am I going to do? Should I admit defeat and go back home? Or should I make the most of it and try and find my way here?