As a first generation Chinese-American married to a non-Asian, I want to ensure the culture I grew up with is passed on to our 2 year old daughter. The Chinese culture has significantly influenced me throughout my life regarding my way of thinking, food preferences, language, and more.
- Deepak K. and his wife, both from India and now living in a Minneapolis suburb, are the parents of twin toddlers. Deepak shares, “We feel the best way to introduce our kids to our culture/heritage is by doing as much as we can at home. We celebrate festivals or other cultural events by trying to recreate the atmosphere from India…say a particular type of dress or food or something that represents our culture. When possible we also participate in functions organized by Indian organizations to mark such occasions publicly.”
- Hollie P., a Ukrainian Canadian from Toronto and founder of www.CommonCentsMom.com, is the mother of a teen daughter. She tweeted me about how she shares traditions through food, “I taught her how to make perogies and Ukrainian Easter eggs.”
- Dawn G. from Bayside, NY, is Chinese and married to an Indian man. Together they have one toddler. Dawn says, “For me, I use (and plan to use more) media and holidays – both Chinese and Indian holidays and DVDs. I let my daughter dress up for Chinese New Year, and we read traditional Chinese stories. We do the same for Diwali. We also take advantage of Chinese and Indian reading material, music, and DVDs. On top of that, there is nothing more effective that letting children spend time with grandparents and relatives who would speak the language and eat ethnic food with them!”