I think it's important to pass down culture, and a disproportionate number of first-generation immigrant parents don't do that enough, which is my theory about why a disproportionate number of Asian-Americans find their culture through food. For example, some of my AA friends don't know as much about their cultural history or traditions, as they do in food, and hence indulge in the food culture. It might be a confirmation bias on my part, having come from parents who wanted me to best assimilate me into the US, and that included neglecting the cultural, traditional, formal language education, and even their own stories of trials and tribulations. There is tremendous value in that knowledge, and I'm sad that my parents eschew it. To them, modern success means mastering STEM collecting degrees, ignoring sentimentality, and nothing else.
I often wonder about what cultural heritage I'll be passing on to my future children. I didn't have close to the amount of hardships that my parents had, and I will never know their full stories. Will it be the novelty of living in the age of Michael Jackson, Prince, the golden age of the warriors, the MCU, land-line phones, dial-up, and our nation's first black President? Will it be having lived being a minority? I'm not sure yet.