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Parents Ever Used the "Back then we..." Trick on You?
Posted 2/19/09 , edited 2/19/09
Have your parents or anyone ever used the "Back then we..." or "In the <country name>, we..." thing on you???
I'm wondering because I'm Filipino, and I'm not sure if we are the most affected by this thing or not so I'm just stating it out, and when I'm playing video games and they'd say it's dinner time, and I'd say "I just ate" or "I'm not hungry" they'd say something like this:
"Back then, we had to work HARD to grow our own food, we'd raise our chickens and pigs healthily until they were big enough for our entire family, or cook them when they die naturally. Everyday, we'd get the water buffalos out to plow the rice fields so we have enough rice to last. You're very lucky to be able to eat everyday."
Or something like that. And when you are outside playing and they want you to go back in and you want to play oustide still, they'd say:
"Back then, if we stayed this long outside, we'd already be dead. There were so many bad people on the streets back then."
or more popular:
"Back then, we worked every day from the crack of dawn until the sun came down, we were always very tired after the day, just to make a daily living. Our house was just bamboo tied on together, we would always be stung my mosquitoes...."
And so on.

I was just wondering if any of you ever heard this guilt trip from your parents or something.

BTW, I'm an immigrant, that's why I didn't use the, "Back in the <country name>, we..." Technique.

Edit: Please also include an example. I like hearing these funny moments.
Posted 2/19/09 , edited 2/19/09
OMG this alwaays happens to me.
Mom: Iman get off the computer NOW
me: WAIT!!!!
Mom: *sigh* back in my day i used to stay at home and teach myself math i never even took a break to eat!
me: pshh ya right
Mom: *shuts laptop* THATS IT! no more of ur asian stuff
me: WAHHHH NOOOOO JAEJOOOOONG!!!!!
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Posted 2/19/09
I think every parent has used that line.
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yep. my mom does that. sometimes its not even my mom. its my friends' mom. i hate it when my dad does it. he goes on for like 3 hrs.
Posted 2/19/09

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Have your parents or anyone ever used the "Back then we..." or "In the <country name>, we..." thing on you???
I'm wondering because I'm Filipino, and I'm not sure if we are the most affected by this thing or not so I'm just stating it out, and when I'm playing video games and they'd say it's dinner time, and I'd say "I just ate" or "I'm not hungry" they'd say something like this:
"Back then, we had to work HARD to grow our own food, we'd raise our chickens and pigs healthily until they were big enough for our entire family, or cook them when they die naturally. Everyday, we'd get the water buffalos out to plow the rice fields so we have enough rice to last. You're very lucky to be able to eat everyday."
Or something like that. And when you are outside playing and they want you to go back in and you want to play oustide still, they'd say:
"Back then, if we stayed this long outside, we'd already be dead. There were so many bad people on the streets back then."
or more popular:
"Back then, we worked every day from the crack of dawn until the sun came down, we were always very tired after the day, just to make a daily living. Our house was just bamboo tied on together, we would always be stung my mosquitoes...."
And so on.

I was just wondering if any of you ever heard this guilt trip from your parents or something.

BTW, I'm an immigrant, that's why I didn't use the, "Back in the <country name>, we..." Technique.


tis known as a guilt trip my friend and yes this has happened to me many times
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yeah my parents give me lectures like this a lot.

"back in vietnam we didn't have computers or tv's."
"back in vietnam we went to school from sunrise to sundown."
"back in vietnam all i got for my birthday was a hardboiled egg."

that's great and all, but now we live in america. even if both your parents never went to school they can still earn enough money to live decently compared to the rest of the world. and if they decide to give up then there's welfare.
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Posted 2/19/09 , edited 2/19/09
Yup D;
"Back then when I was your age I knew how to cook and do everything!" - Mom.
Posted 2/19/09
it was never a trick for them,it was more like begging a story
amusing one most of the time
Posted 2/19/09

imanmoh wrote:

OMG this alwaays happens to me.
Mom: Iman get off the computer NOW
me: WAIT!!!!
Mom: *sigh* back in my day i used to stay at home and teach myself math i never even took a break to eat!
me: pshh ya right
Mom: *shuts laptop* THATS IT! no more of ur asian stuff
me: WAHHHH NOOOOO JAEJOOOOONG!!!!!


Hahaha. My parents would say "Back in my time, we didn't have computers."
Posted 2/19/09
yes, ALL THE TIME!
Posted 2/19/09
my brother does its annoyin ok.. your old big wooo
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this is the most memorable one i recall.I was around 10 or 13 that time..

dad: back when i was your age i had to walk 4km back and forth just to go to school.
me: that's only coz' grand auntie is a miserly old coot! ay! *sign of the cross* god bless her soul..
dad: *hits me on the head with a rolled newspaper*

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Posted 2/19/09

imanmoh wrote:

OMG this alwaays happens to me.
Mom: Iman get off the computer NOW
me: WAIT!!!!
Mom: *sigh* back in my day i used to stay at home and teach myself math i never even took a break to eat!
me: pshh ya right
Mom: *shuts laptop* THATS IT! no more of ur asian stuff
me: WAHHHH NOOOOO JAEJOOOOONG!!!!!


The Jaejoong part was my fave.
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Posted 2/19/09
All the damn time >,<
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Posted 2/19/09
yes...
"back then if we talk back to our parents we get beat to death"
"back then we always do our hw"
"back then we would never dye our hair"
"back then we work so hard"
blablabla -_-
they use that line every time i do something they dont like..
very common in azn parents i think, not sure about other races
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