Being Chinese

The theme of never say never seems to continue in my life as we just bought a house in an area (Gerrard and Carlaw Streets) that I have always said I’m uninterested in. While my feelings haven’t changed, the price on the house and the huge 45 feet by 90 feet seemed too good to pass up. Despite the spaciousness of the house compared to our current two-bedroom house, I’m still conflicted about leaving the Pocket and the life we’ve created for ourselves here. 2008 has been the year of change though with the birth of Isabel and our favourite restaurant, Sakawaya, closing.

My conflicted feelings continue as I try to decide whether or not to buy some books on Chinese food. I’m always looking for Chinese cookbooks with recipes I might be able to duplicate. I realized this week I never feel Chinese enough. My mother is my baronmeter for excellent Chinese cooking. I’ll never be like my mother partly because of a lack of knowledge and partly because my life isn’t just about cooking.

I have few if any Chinese friends and incorporating the Chinese culture into my daily life is a constant challenge. I don’t know how I’ll incorporate being Chinese into Isabel’s life. I’ve already bought a children’s illustrated book, The Pet Dragon, by Christopher Niemann as a way of introducing Isabel to Chinese characters. Educating Isabel about her heritage will probably be a lifelong project for me.

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    your musings on what traditions you will bring to your fmily as they grow up, remind me of our childhood in a former Shaker Village. The Shakers had moved on several decades before. Our parents spoke of their beliefs, and we experienced their presence in the simplicity and beauty of the homes they had built. In the lines of the stones of the foundations left where houses had burnt down, in the circular reservoir at the top of the hill. In hearing our parents speak of the Shakers’ belief in part that their worship was expressed through the beauty of their crafts. In their belief in and practice in equality of the sexes. We read “Gleanings from old Shaker Journals” and looked for the photo of our home, and the road over which we rode our bikes. And as for any Chinese influence, what comes immediately to mind is the story of Ping the Duck. He fished for his owner, along with other ducks. I will look for the book.

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    PDF] THE STORY OF PINGFile Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat – View as HTML
    Once upon a time there was a beautiful young ==

    this website has the story of Ping, with pictures –

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    Images of Chinese and Chinese Americans mirrored in picture books

    Journal Children‘s Literature in Education
    Publisher Springer Netherlands
    ISSN 0045-6713 (Print) 1573-1693 (Online)
    Issue Volume 25, Number 3 / September, 1994
    DOI 10.1007/BF02355394
    Pages 169-191
    Subject Collection Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
    SpringerLink Date Tuesday, April 11, 2006

    I’ll try to find this journal –

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