The concept of gay marriage is still considered foreign to many Asian immigrant families, reports KPCC.
A culture clash exists between the young who have adapted to the American ways faster than their parents.
“Lot of first generation got no idea what LGBT is,” says Minsook Brady, a first generation Korean American. “A lot of them think that it’s Western culture, that’s an American way, not Asians.”
Brady’s son is gay and she discovered she inadvertently hurt him before he came out to her.
“While watching TV in my house, I was making all these derogatory comments, and it really hurt my son a lot,” says Brady, “and I don’t think all the wound I inflicted all these years, I don’t think it will ever go away.”
Carol Minion, a Filipino American, created a chapter of PFLAG — Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays–that is specifically geared toward Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
She feels other groups not targeting AAPIs don’t have a full understanding of what its like to be a minority.
You can read more about the experience of gays in the Asian American community on KPCC.