The episode “Thanksgiving Culture Clash” from Dr. Ken talked about the issues Dr. Ken’s family faced when the family members tried to celebrate Thanksgiving among a multicultural family setting. The issue arose from the parents finding out about Molly’s Japanese word tattoo, then eventually extended to the family settling in and incorporating both Korean and Japanese culture into the household, especially during the Thanksgiving dinner. After discovering Molly’s tattoo, Dr. Ken became increasing worried that the children weren’t as familiar with their Korean heritage in comparison to their Japanese background. He then started to dive into all sorts of possibilities that might expose the children to more Korean culture (such as insisting on having Korean dishes (kimchi and bulgogi) and wearing traditional Korean clothing.
This episode reminds me of my family’s attempt in finding a balance between the Taiwanese and American cultures. Since Thanksgiving just passed, I would like to share my family’s tradition during Thanksgiving as well. The biggest difference between the show and my family is that my family doesn’t really have a big family/relatives get-together for Thanksgiving dinner. Not that my family doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving, rather, Thanksgiving dinner has become more of a small setting with everything toned down (now that I’m in college so I’m not home as often). Like Dave from the show, I’m not entirely sure how to explain my family’s Thanksgiving traditions, either. Because of this, seeing the show addresses a similar situation really speaks to me and presents a position other families may also be in.