In an era of second- and even third-generation immigrant families in the U.S., it keeps surprising me how some people are still stuck in the Middle Ages.

If you're ethnically Asian but were born in Europe or North America and have never lived in Asia, you'll know what I'm talking about. From uneducated remarks to downright insensitive and racist questions, we've experienced it all. Let's see which of these you've come across before. And non-Asians, please take note and stop asking us these crazy questions. We're getting tired. Thanks!

(I know some of these might seem unbelievable, but they're all real-life examples of questions I've been asked — often multiple or even countless times).

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When non-essential businesses in NYC were ordered to close in March, restaurants across the five boroughs were tasked to pivot fast or risk shuttering their doors for good.

The impact on the city's once vibrant restaurant scene was immediate and devastating. A national survey found that 250,000 people were laid off within 22 days and almost $2 billion in revenue was lost. And soon, numerous restaurant closures became permanent as the pandemic raged on and businesses were unable to keep up with rent and utility payments.

Hot Bread Kitchen, a New York City-based nonprofit and incubator that has assisted more than 275 local businesses in the food industry, knew they needed to support their affiliated restaurants in a new light to navigate the financial complexities of shifting business models and applying for loans.

According to Hot Bread Kitchen's CEO Shaolee Sen, shortly after the shutdown began, a third of restaurant workers that they support had been laid off and another third were furloughed.

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