Chrissy, I think that you will find we all agree with you! A job to make some cash to live in is vital. Art is great and I love it but don't know that many people who could turn it into a full-time career, especially right away. As a hobby that could turn into something you could live off, great but need to have a plan B in place.
Oh yeah I have a friend like that except instead of Asian it's Indian (well one half the couple). His family are all doctors....he's in business and that is kind of a black sheep. So much emphasis is placed on where someone went to college. And success is being so defined by career. Much more focus on school and pushing kids ahead in the family and they are certain kids will go to college and beyond.
Now I LOVED college. i could have stayed there many more years. DH and I are both like that...more nerdy bookworm types. We both agreed that college is not the be all, end all and if our kid is more the studious type who wants to be something that requires college, we will support that....but he's really into cars or wants to be a plumber, we support that. Tech school is so much more a viable option now that I have life experience than it was when I was younger. I thought tech school was for people who couldn't hack it in real college. Little did I know that tech grads can make some pretty serious money!
My main goal in life is to be happy....and my job factors into that only a little. I like it and it affords me a check that we can live the life we want on. I get a lot more happiness from my relationships with DH and family, my little furry girls, my house and my hobbies.