Since I am so Americanized, it means I don’t do a good job teaching my children about the Chinese culture. I do give myself credit in the sense that I expose my children to cultural experiences. I believe it is important for my children to learn about people and the world around them. And when Kaye was just under 2, we all flew to Taiwan to visit my mother’s family.
I am excited that so many Americans are looking into other countries for adoption opportunities. By the time Kaye and Elle go to school, they won’t be the only Chinese (half Chinese) in their classes. How exciting!
Whether you are in a multicultural family, adopted children from other countries or wanted to teach your children about the world, here are some ideas…
1. Attend cultural events in your community.
Be in the know. Look in the local papers. Research online. Talk to your neighbors. This is a great way for children to learn about dances, music, food, celebrations and traditions. Last year we took Kaye and Elle to Greek Fest. We also attend Chinese New Year Festivals where the girls watch the dragon dance and taste Chinese food not available in restaurants.
2. Visit cultural towns.
China Town, Little Italy, Bavarian towns, alpine villages. Try them. They’re fun.
3. Find origins of things around us.
Architectural designs, food, clothing, ideas. Fact or fiction: Chinese fortune cookies, is it really Chinese? French fries, did it come from France?
4. Famous people from other countries.
Not exactly celebrities, although that would work too.
5. Invite someone over who is from another country.
Know someone from another country? Know someone who has a friend from another country? Invite them over to share their culture and traditions with your family.
6. Incorporate culture in the meals at home.
Have a culture week where you make meals of a different culture each day of the week.» Tell me… What are some ways you teach your children about culture?