Chinese New Year Party

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BB’s Chinese teacher threw a Chinese New Year party at a Chinese restaurant for her private students and a few Chinese girls from the local school where she teaches Chinese.  These girls aren’t her students, as they speak Chinese fluently.  We made dumplings and BB quickly became a pro, ate delicious food, enjoyed the older girls’ stories of CNY in China with their families and also their artistic performances, had a lion dance, and just had a good time.  One more CNY party to go!

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Helping girls matter worldwide

I’ve been too busy to write anything of substance – I have this silly thing called a job that gets in the way of my blogging, you see.  But, I did want to tell you about a few websites that I really like, as I like their messages and what they are trying to do.

The Girl Effect – If you have read Nicholas Kristof’s Half the Sky, you’ll really get the idea of The Girl Effect, which is that providing education to young girls can change the future, ending poverty and reducing disease, for women and men, girls and boys in developing countries.

All Girls Allowed – This one really speaks to me as the mother of a daughter from China who often thinks about the families of the lost Chinese children adopted all over the world.  We have gained so much, but the loss to China and their people… it’s too much and it’s so wrong on such a systematic level.  This is one organization trying to do something about it by exposing the injustices of China’s One Child Policy and helping women and families keep their girls.



Proud mama

BB completed this in her Chinese class yesterday.  Her teacher said she read each number, in Chinese, then added the stickers for that column, counting correctly each time.  She had a little trouble with “9”, but I suspect that’s because she ran out of basketball stickers and she might have wanted to be consistent like she had been with 5-8.  That’s my theory, anyway.  She also finished very quickly!  Yup, I’m proud.  I’m going to bring this to her parent-teacher conference tonight.

Chinese song performance

These two are the same song, but the second includes the dance.

It took her a moment to get her bearings on this last one.  She often won’t let me sing that one anymore because I don’t get the words right.  Her teacher is encouraging her to teach me and on the way home from Chinese class she was working on it.  It’s tough, but I’m trying.

I can’t believe my camera-shy was willing to perform this for the camera!  I hear these all the time in the car, but to get them on video… this is priceless!  Oh, and there’s a Starburst in her mouth through all of them.  Three-year-old performers are like that.

Little Pim art-updated

A few coloring sheets kept The Bing very occupied while I made dinner yesterday.  I just submitted this one to the Little Pim gallery on their website, which you can see HERE.  She sure loves that “bouncy panda.”

Contest: “I want to teach my child a second language because…”.

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Jackie Chan’s Mulan

I’m home today, in pain as I need a root canal and I have a cold.  I’m feeling uber-pitiful and guilty for my uselessness.  For something to do, I’m looking at Chinese videos and I found this one.  I love Mulan and thought this was a hoot with Jackie Chan.  We drove past his house in Victoria Peak, Hong Kong.  Our CCAI guide told us that he knows Jackie Chan, but  Jackie Chan doesn’t know him.  Ba-dump-bump!

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