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22 Responses

  1. Kathy Patton

    Our daughter is from China. I’d love to learn more.

    • Wes Radez

      Hi Kathy,

      Thanks for stopping by!

      I would love to help — please let me know if there are any topics you’d like to start with or questions I can answer.

      Wes

  2. saw your site on hapa mama blog and really like it! I am mom to a wonderful daughter adopted from Guangdong Province and we are always looking for special ways to incorporate and celebrate Chinese culture…great site!

    • So wonderful, Sharon! It sounds like you’re doing a lot to support your daughter and I really appreciate your interest in the site. Please check back frequently. I’m really working hard to make this a valuable resource for families like ours. ~Wes

  3. Wes,
    Thanks for putting this together. I am a Chinese-American who didn’t grow up with a lot of Chinese cultural influences as my parents were too busy working in a Chinese restaurant. I grew up not being too proud of my Chinese heritage given the racism I endure as a kid. Now that I have a half-Chinese son, I want him to be proud of his heritage and I am learning as much as I can through your superb website. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

    • Alberto, your comment made my day. I’m so glad that I’m able to help you and your family. Thank you for the kind words and please let me know as we go along if there are additional resources you think would be useful on the site. ~Wes

  4. Hello Wes, your site is a wonderful rare resource for those of us caught between two worlds. It’s not only informative, but easy to navigate–and your kind replies to questions is a lovely touch! I’d like to humbly suggest a post about Chinese American funeral traditions. Definitely a sad topic, often straddling American and Chinese traditions, but speaking from experience, it is helpful to know what to expect when attending one. For example, the white funeral envelopes. Just a thought. I look forward to your future posts either way! Many thanks!

    • Thanks for your kind words, Scout, and welcome! I’ll add your suggested post to my list. Will look forward to “seeing you around the site.” Please continue to share your ideas and experiences. 🙂 ~Wes

  5. Do you have a book with all these desserts and food receipe ?

  6. Karen Young

    I am looking forward to sharing what you post with my own kids. Tried the red bean soup recipe and it was yum! Thanks!

    • That makes me happy to hear, Karen. Thanks very much for writing and please send feedback whenever you have it! ~Wes

  7. Hi Wes,

    What an inspirational website you built. I was researching on the different features between a typical American wedding vs. Chinese wedding and bumped into your website. I’m a 100% ethnic-Chinese “ABC” and I must say your knowledge of Chinese culture is definitely ahead of mine. Keep up with your great work!

    Cheers!

    • Wes Radez

      Hi David, thanks for your note. I appreciate your encouragement and hope you’ll return to contribute your experience and family stories! ~Wes

  8. Hi Wes,
    I stumbled upon your site while trying to prepare for the mid-autumn festival. I am white, but my husband is Chinese-American. He no longer has much family, so trying to keep his Chinese culture alive has been hard especially since we are young (23) and his memories of childhood celebrations are fuzzy. I wanted to make a celebration that would be special for him and incorporate his heritage. This site has helped me so much, and I am beyond grateful! He is going to be over the moon about our party next month.

    • It made me so happy to receive your note today. I’m so glad that you’re helping your husband preserve his heritage in your family life! Have a terrific celebration and please tell me about any other resources you would find especially helpful. ~Wes

  9. Lotus Yee Fong

    Hi Wes. We just met at the This Land Is Our Land conference this past weekend. As a practicing Popo who has three bi-racial grandkids ages 12, 7 and 3 with two working parents, I find your website very helpful! Did you meet the children’s book author Dori Jones Yang and her daughter who sold me a copy of The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball? I bet she’d be interested in doing a children’s book reviews section for you to help parents, grandparents, teachers and librarians find more good books! I forgot if I asked if you live here in California or somewhere East of California? Thanks for such a helpful, accessible website! Lotus Yee Fong, San Francisco now but we started the Albuquerque, New Mexico Chinese School back in the mid-80s.
    PS Don’t forget to recommend AACP Asian American Curriculum Project based in San Mateo.

    • Hi Auntie Lotus! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I’ll have to write Dori Jones Yang to learn more about her book — all the best to you and your family. Hope to see you around the site. ~Wes

  10. Hi Wes, do you have any thoughts on creating family/ancestral altars from a modern ABC perspective? There is very little information on this subject. I’m going to go ahead and put one together in my home to honor my deceased grandfather.

    • Hi Serena, Wow what a great question and one that I’m going to have to research further. It’s a topic I’ve thought about a lot. How to make the altar contemporary. How to create an altar in a mixed race family or multicultural home. Thanks for suggesting this subject, I hope to cover it soon in the future. ~Wes

    • Hi, I grew up with a family altar all my life. Traditionally, it’s done with red light bulbs. I’ve only known it to be done that way until I got married and saw my in-laws using white light bulbs. If you have kids growing up in the house, consider setting it up with white or clear light bulbs. I hate to say it because I know that it’s all about honoring our ancestors but the red glow at night was unsettling because you’re suppose to keep them lit 27/7. Also, from what I understand, once you set up an altar, you’re not suppose to discontinue the practice.

      Wes, I’ve always wanted to do something to share Asian culture (specifically Chinese/Vietnamese mix) in America while I can still ask my parents about it and I just discovered your website! I’ve only read the red envelope page and wow, your responses are on point. I can’t wait to explore more of it.

      • Hi Dena, thank you for contributing and welcome! I hope you’ll share more stories, memories and experiences as you explore more of the site! ~Wes

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