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How Mending Ties with His Parents Became a Viable Business Idea for This Young Entrepreneur

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21.06.2021

Can a simple card game help reconnect or strengthen bonds between family members? One Asian-American entrepreneur is intent on finding out. Joseph Lam is the 25-year-old creator of Parents Are Human, a bilingual, question-and-answer-format card game that aims to stimulate deep conversations and emphasize that language should not be a hindrance to understanding and respect.

Especially given the recent surge of racially motivated attacks against Asian-Americans, Lam's hope is that Parents Are Human might help provide some comfort and a sense of belonging to Asian parents or elders while helping them connect with the younger generation.

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Lam ideated Parents Are Human with the goal of rebuilding his relationship with his own parents after feeling disconnected from them for many years. In a blog post, he wrote, “It used to be excruciating for me to spend time with my parents. Any form of communication was painful. I dreaded and avoided phone calls, messages, family trips, anytime they asked me for help."

In retrospect, Lam tells Entrepreneur in a recent interview, “This was because I spent my teens pushing my parents away. I desperately wanted to fit in with my peers, so I pushed away my parents’ culture and love. They were the only people I took my stress and frustrations out on, and there was nothing that caused me more........

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