Do you ever wonder what it’s like to marry an Asian? Look no further because here’s a sneak peek into the life of a man who married a Cantonese woman. He made a video showing everyone the top 5 things that changed when he got married. It’s a fun look at how two cultures can blend with each other completely.
(video by beardan76)
Breaking down the Top 5
Top 5: Strange things in the fridge
Get ready to experience a whole lot of Asian flavor during every meal (and maybe even during snack time). Depending on the Asian country that your partner came from, what you would most likely see inside your fridge are ingredients like noodles, maybe red pepper paste (for Koreans), mushrooms, definitely rice and the like.
Most Asians are really big on vegetables (they’re mostly present during every meal) so your fridge will, most likely, be stacked with different varieties of veggies.
Top 4: You no longer wear shoes inside the house
Most Asian families still practice this custom and they will probably do so for a very long time. It’s believed that taking off your shoes before stepping inside keeps the house clean. Why this type of custom was carried into the 21st century may be untraceable but back then, most Asian houses were designed to have an area (as soon as you enter the door) where you would take off your shoes and then wear house slippers (or just socks). There’s also a bit of superstition added to it some Asian countries.
Top 3: Start calling strangers “Aunty/Uncle”
Most, if not all, Asian countries still practice honorific language. Despite the times being modern, this is another custom that will be around for a long time. For Asians, it’s always a sign of respect to address those that are older in a proper way. The terms Aunty and Uncle might change, depending on the Asian country, but the though is basically the same.
In the Philippines, it would be: Tita or Tito (Manang or Manong would also do). In Korea, China, and Japan, it’s a bit more complicated since there’s a specific name for people, depending on who they are in your life. /Ajuma/ for example, would be appropriate to call a Korean older woman who you don’t know.
Top 2: You start mixing English with another language
This would probably be the easiest way for you to learn another language. Seriously! Your partner’s culture will definitely rub off on you and vice versa. Without even noticing it, you’ll find yourself learning and using your partner’s other language in your everyday life.
Most Asians want to preserve a custom from their culture while in a relationship. This is especially true when they want to pass these customs on to their children. Language is one of them.
Top 1: What you eat for dinner changes
Remember Top 5? Whatever things you’ll find inside your fridge will, sooner or later, end up on your dinner table. Rice will always show up of course, along with the ever popular noodles and vegetables.