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High Expectations Asian Father is an advice animal image macro series based on stereotypes and cliches about first-generation Asian parents pushing their children to excel in academic fields in an overbearing manner. TCentered around a photograph of a middle-aged Asian man with glasses and grey hair, the captioned image series also went on to inspire a female counterpart advice animal known as Tiger Mom in January 2011.
High Expectations Asian Father was launched as a single topic blog by friends and Tumblr users Chris and Bryant on March 18th, 2010. The original instance used the caption “I dun care you got A+ in English, Math, History; you got A- in art. / You fail life.” A Memegenerator watermark is present on the image, but it remains unclear when the page was actually created on the site.
The photo used in the series is South Korean actor Jeon Mu-Song, who is known for playing father figures in Korean films and television shows. Found by Tumblr user akane-x in 2012, the still image was originally taken from a still shot from the 2007 Korean horror film Epitaph (shown below), in which Mu-Song played the character Professor Park Jung Nam.
One of the most common tropes used in the series is the wordplay on character’s demanding standards for academic grades. The series reached the “top tier” on MemeGenerator in July of 2010, alongside Technologically Impaired Duck, HAHA Guy and Hnnnnnng. One of the earliest archived instances on 4chan was captioned with “Hory shet / Imbossibru” on November 10th, 2010.
Compilations of the image macros were posted on blogs and user-generated platforms like Urlesque, MemeBase, Buzzfeed Smosh and Asylum, as well as pop culture blogs like MTV’s Iggy and Pop Hangover. On February 23rd, 2011, an oil painting inspired by the series was uploaded to deviantArt by user AnoobisEido.
Addtional derivatives can be found on Memebase under the “high expectations asian dad” category and on Tumblr under the “#asian father” tag. As of September 2012, the Quickmeme page has received more than 20,400 submissions, the MemeGenerator page has received more than 28,308 submissions and a Facebook page has accumulated 7011 likes.
The Asian Dad E-mail Reminder
In January 2011, single serving site The Asian Dad was created, where users could provide information about a goal they would like to achieve, signing up for periodic emails and text messages from the High Expectations Asian Father to “encourage” them in pursuing the goal.