--Gave my uncle a bowl of raw rice for dinner (it was supposed to be funny, but I disrespected the man of the house)
--Smiled and laughed during a period of mourning (disrespectful to the deceased)
--Stuck my chopsticks straight up in my rice bowl (someone at the table is going to die)
--Bought knives as a present (I don't know what this meant, but I know I got in trouble)
My worst infraction was intended to be a thoughtful gesture. My aunt (uncle's wife) from the motherland came here to have a brain tumor removed. She brought with her a brother's wife who, along with my mom, took care of her while she healed.
Mother's Day was soon upon us, and I went to a florist that had only three roses left. I bought all three and returned home. I gave one to my mother, one to my aunt's sister-in-law, and then I quickly bound up the stairs to give a rose to my ailing aunt. As I handed her the flower, her face went pale, and she refused to accept the rose. I went back downstairs to tell my mom of aunt's odd behavior when my mom saw that the flower I had offered her was white, the color of death and mourning.