… THE SUCCESSFUL ASIAN:
                   A TRUE FABRICATION


“Aiyah! You musta be go to cah-leege so you be rich witha pree-tee chinese wife and be rich and buy mah-mah a big big house and be rich.” Yeah so i’m sure we’ve all heard something like that from our mothers before (maybe with slightly better English, but nonetheless something like that). Ever since we were old enough to be tutored, we have been constantly bombarded with aspirations of perfect GPAs, acceptances to the best colleges, and lives of “success.” But tell me, what is success? Is it living a life surrounded by million-dollar mansions and Bentleys and all the other stuff you see on Cash Money videos? Is it having enough dough to provide your kids with the latest Playstations and the newest Coach bags? Or maybe it’s the MD or PhD that you can legally place after your last name. When you see a wealthy korean lady driving a Mercedes SL55, do you think to yourself: “damn, what a successful ah-gee-mah!” I do. It’s pretty sad, but true.


I say it’s sad because this is what our society has come down to: we are so money-oriented and so obsessed about wealth that we are completely governed by the number of digits on our paychecks. Let me go back to the question I posed earlier: What is success? What if a successful life has NOTHING to do with how much money is in your bank account or the type of job you have? So is it possible that a wealthy doctor in a $250,000 Rolls Royce isn’t truly a successful person? Now, I know it’s all relative and what in your life do you deem more important, but I just want to remind you guys that as Asians, we should not be enclosed by the boundaries that have been bolted down for us since our first math test. I think a person who has a lived a life filled with love, true friendships, spiritual enlightenment, and good deeds has lived a WAY more successful life than a wealthy workaholic who has all the money and honor and fame in the world. When you die, the money you have spent all your life making will be completely useless — something so tangible and so worldly will be of no importance the second you die. But your generosity and love and memories and friendships and spirituality will live on way after your heart stops beating. Perhaps this idea of success was pounded into us because we need pressure and motivation to succeed, but don’t think for a second that just because you’re not making six digits that you’re unsuccessful. When it comes down to it, this life is meaningless unless we have something that will keep us alive after death. I’m not saying that if you are wealthy that you’re a greedy bastard who’s not really successful. If you are wealthy, then good for you. But think about how you use that money.


As the old saying goes: “A man who dies rich, is a man who has never lived.”

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~ by roychi on April 28, 2003.

6 Responses to “”

  1. tru dat. But money is nice too

  2. you would say that edJEWard haha

  3. Shuddup MOOCHnes25.

  4. and yet, you are a business major? O.o
    “always use money as a means, never an end.”
    you’re pretty bright
    yes, parents are wack, not limited to just asian.
    sorry, random commenter – sandra

  5. Crazy UCLA people. It must be the smog.

  6. tru dat roy…im feelin ya…haha

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