It's such a weird stereotype to have associated with your ethnicity. Right? That stereotype of, like, Asian parents wanting their kids to be doctors. Right? It's, like, such a weird thing to have on your race. Like, what is that? Is that good? Is that bad? I thought it was, like, a good thing. Apparently, it's, like, worthy of mockery. Right?
Asian parents wanting their kids to be doctors—it's weird because it's truth. Right? I know because my parents were the same way. They just wanted us to be doctors. It was, like, this obsession. They just wanted us to be doctors. And it's insidious as well because when Asian parents want their kids to be doctors, helping people is, like, on the bottom of the list of reasons... Oh! If it even makes the list...of reasons to go into medicine. Helping people is like the unfortunate by-product of becoming a healthcare professional.
It's like, when they first see that, they can't even believe it. They're like, "What the f**k? You gotta help people? Well, whatever. Get it out the way! But don't let it get in the way of what this is really about. It's about the money and the prestige, right? It's the money and the prestige!"
Because if you're a first-generation immigrant, your children becoming doctors is the quickest way you can turn it around in one generation. Instant credibility, instant respectability, instant money. Right? You flip the clan narrative around. Boom! Started from the bottom, now we're here. We doctors!
And it's also weird because Asian parents are also the last group of people you can ever convince to see a doctor. These f**king people will never see a doctor! They spend their whole lives obsessing over it. Nothing can make my mom see a doctor. There is nothing—
My mom can have an arrow going right through her. And she's trying to pull it out like Rambo, right?
And you're like, "Yo, Mom. Go—let's go see a doctor."
And my mom will be like, "No. They just want to take people's money."
Then you're like, "Then, why do you want your kids to be doctors so badly?"
"Because I want my kids to take other people's money, obviously! The fact that you don't understand that is the reason why you never became a doctor."
Because Chinese people love money. We love that s**t. Chinese people f**king love money. Okay? You think rappers love money? Yo, we love money...more than anyone! Chinese people love everything about it. We love making it, love spending it; we love giving it, we love receiving it, we love throwing it up in the air.
Yo, Chinese people love money so much, we have a god of money! Of all the gods in Chinese Taoism, there's one god—he's the god of money! Cai shen ye! We pray to him for more money!
Every day, we go, "Hey, God of Money, give us more money." And he gives us more money!
Very fickle god. Doesn't care about inflation, right? No understanding of basic principles of macroeconomics, just...just throwing out gold ingots if you ask for it at the right time. "Here's some money. Burn some incense. Here's some money, man."
Even during Chinese New Year, the biggest holiday for Chinese people, Chinese New Year, when we see each other during Chinese New Year, the way we greet each other is we say, "gong xi fa cai" or "gong hei fat choy" in Cantonese. I'm sure you've heard that, at least peripherally, right? "Gong xi fa cai, gong xi fa cai." "Gong xi fa cai" means "Hope you get rich"! That's not "Happy New Year."
Do you understand? The go-to phrase during Chinese New Year isn't "Hey, hey, happy New Year." It's "Yo, hope you get rich!" Hope you get rich. Hope you get richer than all these other motherf**kers. Hope you get so f**king rich, man. Hope you get rich and also hope—you better hope I get rich. We gotta hope each other got both...get rich together.