The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another’s desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together. ~Erma Bombeck
Families are like fudge – mostly sweet with a few nuts. ~Author Unknown
Ah Family. What a word. It’s rich and sometimes bitter and spicy, but where would one be without this concept?
Yet family is such a wonderful feeling at times but so damn frustrating all the same! Family is the only group of people who will support you when you’re trying to build a startup but at same time lecture you on how crazy and dumb it is to build a startup.
I very much believe that my family is the best, it’s large and full of crazy people. Our family gatherings are fun (at the last one we had, I counted 65 people). We are very family oriented but that may be because we are from a Chinese group that believes in family for everything. We are teochiu/chaozhou people. The family aspect is important both at home and in business.
My family is that of enterpreneurs. Just a different kind from today’s sense. Our family first escaped China during the China-Japan war and migrated over to Cambodia because there was a TeoChiu community there. Well…Cambodia had a genocide afterwards and my family was forced to live in terrible conditions (my grandma had 8 kids), so they decided to walk through a field of mines to Thailand in order to escape the killings. However because of the chaos, my parents and grandparents got separated from my uncles and aunts. We were transported to France while the others to Canada and the US. It was years later that they somehow were about to find each other again and join up.
I was born in France and grew up there. My family decided to move to the US to rejoin the main family (actually my dad’s side of the family still lives in France.)
The family then quickly learned and took over the donut shop and bagel business in the bay area. We own several chains and are experts in the bakery department (lol). It was and is still hard work, working 7 days a week, 365 days a year but they have managed it this far coming here with nothing in their pockets. So in a sense, they are enterpreneurs.
However the technology field is not something they understand and know about so they are cautious of my undertaking, warning me that it is not as easy as it sounds. Of course its not easy! But still i know they are only doing so because they care about my well being. Some of my more modern/tech savy cousins have been pushing me to go out there and explore (they warn me to do this before getting married and having kids lol!) Life is an experience. Go live it.